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Golden chocolate service, featuring cups, saucers, and pouring vessels, inside a leather case

Your holiday guide to the Gardiner Museum

We’re bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Gardiner! From a Museum tour inspired by the unique gifts in our collection to family-friendly crafting, a visit to the Gardiner is sure to inspire some holiday cheer.

10 months ago
A recreation of an 18th century dinner featuring roast beef, bread, serving plates, and a wine decanter. A painting of a dining scene is in the background

Inside Savour: A tour with designer Gerard Gauci

From knitted chicken wings to chairs inspired by fast food, Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment is a playful exploration of dining in the 18th century and its lasting influence on today’s food trends. Here, Opera Atelier’s resident set designer Gerard Gauci tells us about designing this delectable exhibition and walks us through some of his favourite scenes.

10 months ago
Ceramic head of Head of Xipe Totec

A spooky scroll through our galleries

Who says ceramics can’t be spooky? From an ancient god wearing the skin of his victim to a porcelain goblin, these objects from our galleries are sure to serve up a scare.

11 months ago
Rooster tureen, porcelain figurine holding a basket, and knitted omelettes

Opulent Omelettes: A story and recipe from the Age of Enlightenment

A taste of Curator Emerita Meredith Chilton’s new book, The King’s Peas: Delectable Recipes and Their Stories from the Age of Enlightenment.

11 months ago
Chef Jennifer Dewasha

Enlightened Eating: Chef Jennifer Dewasha on Changing Kitchen Culture

We chatted with Indigenous chef Jennifer Dewasha about equality in the kitchen, the importance of food and community, and what she’ll be cooking up for The Enlightened Feast on October 18.

12 months ago

A Ceramic Bug’s Life: An interview with Artist Daumante Stirbyte

A chat with Gardiner Shop artist Daumante Stirbyte about her familiar yet uncomfortable ceramic sculptures that mimic creatures in a natural history museum.

12 months ago
Michelle Mendlowitz and Robin Tieu

Under Pressure: An interview with artists Michelle Mendlowitz and Robin Tieu

We chat with artists Michelle Mendlowitz and Robin Tieu about their collaborative Gardiner Shop exhibition, Causality, a fascinating exploration of impact using clay.

1 year ago
Japanese lacquered chest, 1630-1640, maki-e technique, height 63.5 cm, length 144.5 cm and width 73 cm. Photos courtesy the Rijksmuseum

Object Spotlight: The Mysterious Journey of a Japanese Treasure

Originally made for export to the Netherlands in the 1630s, this extraodinary lacquerware chest mysteriously disappeared in the 19th century.

1 year ago
The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project

masa is clay

Artist and writer janet romero-leiva reflects on The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project, a Community Arts Space exhibition that brings attention to the ongoing migrant crisis and the decline of the monarch butterfly.

1 year ago
Jun Kaneko sculpture at the Gardiner Museum

Ceramics in the City: Your Summer Guide to the Gardiner

To get the most out of your next visit to the Gardiner, we’ve compiled a list of objects and experiences you don’t want to miss while you’re here.

1 year ago
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