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Update on the Gardiner Museum’s equity work: Spring 2021

An update from Chief Curator Sequoia Miller on the Gardiner’s ongoing anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity work.

2 years ago
Green and red ceramic figure with wavy limbs

15 Canadian women ceramic artists to follow

This year in celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite Canadian contemporary women ceramic artists to follow on Instagram. It’s a great reminder that much of the most exciting talent in the field is right in our own backyard.

2 years ago
Ceramic faux-leather doctor's bag

Poetry and pottery: The Gardiner Collection becomes a muse

In July of 2020, students in a “Poetry and Pottery” seminar held virtually at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Centre in New York City wrote original poems based on the objects in our online exhibition Women and Ceramics. Curator Karine Tsoumis selected a few of her favourite compositions to share on our blog.

2 years ago
White ceramic sphere in a tree

Between fear and hope: An interview with artist Katja van den Enden

When we closed our doors for the first time in March 2020 as a result of COVID-19 , the Gardiner Shop was in the midst of a retail exhibition by German-born abstract artist Katja van den Enden. Last month, Van den Enden returned to the Shop with a new series of work inspired by the pandemic. In a recent interview with the artist, she offered insight into her process, her relationship with clay, and what she’s working on next.

2 years ago
Red clay bowl

Snapshot in clay: The Harmsen Collection of African village pottery arrives at the Gardiner

In March 2020, the Gardiner acquired 52 objects of African village pottery from the Harmsen Collection. The Collection, which dates to the early 1960s, is a snapshot of traditional modes of production that have changed considerably since it was formed, particularly with the introduction of plastics. It also brings greater diversity and perspective to the Gardiner’s collection of modern and contemporary ceramics, in which Black artists and artists of colour are underrepresented.

2 years ago
Blue-and-white Mexican albarello

Something old, something new: The story of a recently acquired Mexican “albarello”

Last year the Gardiner acquired a blue-and-white pharmacy jar from Puebla, Mexico dated to the first half of the 18th century. It was made using the same techniques as Italian maiolica, French faience, and Dutch delftware. The history of this object encompasses themes of trade, imperialism, colonization, cross-cultural exchange, and local innovation.

2 years ago

Update on the Gardiner Museum’s equity work: Fall 2020

An update from Executive Director & CEO Kelvin Browne and Chief Curator Sequoia Miller on the Gardiner’s ongoing anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity work.

2 years ago

Announcing New Fall Hours and Free Weekends

As we continue to refine our health and safety protocols for staff and visitors, and adjust to reduced weekday admissions, the Gardiner will be adopting new hours to coincide with the periods of highest demand. We will continue to offer free weekend admission into the fall.

2 years ago
Ewer and basin with pink glaze and gilding

Tulipieres, asparagus dishes, and chamber pots: The histories of bygone household objects

This moment of temporary retreat into the private sphere offers us the chance to think about the relationship between the inside and the outside worlds, and the things we consider central to our ways of life. Ceramics from the past highlight the social function of domestic objects and exemplify the ways in which they contribute to identity.

2 years ago
Habiba El-Sayed in silhouette in front of a screen

Transformation & reclamation: Habiba El-Sayed on the power of raw clay

In anticipation of Clay Date on August 25, we talked to featured artist Habiba El-Sayed about her early experiences with ceramics and how she sees raw clay as the perfect medium to express some of the complex emotions we’re all experiencing right now.

2 years ago