The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts is the only one in the country devoted entirely to ceramics. Founded in 1984 to house the collection of George and Helen Gardiner, the permanent collection contains over 3,000 pieces – work from the Ancient Americas, Italian Renaissance, English Delftware, European, Chinese and Japanese porcelain.
Designed by Keith Wagland, and renovated in 2005-06 by KPMB Architects, the Museum is easily recognized by a large, untitled sculptured head on the forecourt. This was created from glazed ceramic, galvanized steel by JUN KANEKO, and installed a couple of months ago.
The museum shop is one of the best in the city, ‘star’ chef JAMIE KENNEDY has opened a restaurant on the top level; memberships and attendance are on the rise, so it seems all is well at the corner of Bloor Street West and Queen’s Park.