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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.

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Originally made for export to the Netherlands in the 1630s, this extraodinary lacquerware chest mysteriously disappeared in the 19th century.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

2 years 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.

2 years ago
Ceramic painted plate by Pablo Picasso

Picasso, kintsugi, and sea monsters: Current must-sees from the vault

We’ve taken some of the most interesting objects from our collections storage and put them on display for you to discover! For a limited time in our new Rosalie Wise Sharp Gallery, see a selection of objects from our permanent collection, spanning different time periods and geographies.

2 years ago
Walking Tour July 4, 2019

Cruising the Museum: Animating Queer Sexual Geographies & Histories

Christopher Smith dives into the complex history of ‘cruising’ and offers a glimpse into Intimate Encounters ~ Animate Histories, a Community Arts Space exhibition opening on August 1.

2 years ago
Heidi McKenzie, Family Matters

Family Matters: An Interview with Artist Heidi McKenzie

Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. In 2009, she apprenticed in her father’s ancestral home of India under the mentorship of Mansimran Singh, a student of the acclaimed British studio potter, Bernard Leach. McKenzie’s new exhibition in the Gardiner Shop, Family Matters, speaks to her family’s histories through photographic imagery coupled with abstract representation.

2 years ago

Hair We Are will ignite conversations

Dr. Cheryl Thompson writes about Hair We Are, a Community Arts Space exhibition that explores self-care and beauty through the eyes of racialized young women and girls.

2 years ago

Queering Clay: Five LGBTQ+ Ceramists You Need To Know

Historically associated in the West with the decorative and the domestic, ceramics has long been regarded as a feminized practice with a particularly strong queer dimension because of its status as a subaltern to painting and sculpture.

2 years ago
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