The 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery


25th Anniversary Weekend Events

Thursday, June 21



Friends & Alumni Dinner & Celebration

in Recognition of the Gallery’s 25th Anniversary

Chronicle Exhibition  




Friday, June 22

The New Market for Ceramics: A Marketing Seminar with Garth Clark 

Breakthrough: An Exhibition of FUSION Emerging Artists 5 – 7 p.m. Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University

25th Anniversary Reception at The Clay & Glass Gallery (Public Event) 7 p.m. 

Chronicle Exhibition

FUSION Conference  

Saturday, June 23

A Necessary Irritant: Garth’s 50 Year Journey with his Muses & Dinner 

Art Activities & Demonstrations – Glass Demo, Faux Stained “glass” activity, Ceramics activity, Paper kiln firing  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Clay & Glass Gallery

Chronicle Exhibition 

FUSION Conference 

Sunday, June 24

Art Activities & Demonstrations – Glass Demo, Faux Stained “glass” activity, Ceramics activity 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Clay & Glass Gallery

Chronicle Exhibition 

FUSION Conference



Throughout 2018, the Gallery will celebrating its 25th Anniversary! We will be hosting events throughout the year including anniversary-specific exhibitions, a fundraising gala, an anniversary weekend, and a trip to Corning Museum of Glass. 

Check this page often for event listings, announcements, and other special programming relating to the 25th anniversary celebrations. 

Tickets for the Seminar and the Keynote with Garth Clark are now available here!


The 25th Weekend

The major focus of the 25th Anniversary celebration is a weekend of activities from June 21 to 24. Past and current members, donors, volunteers, attendees, artists, staff, board and committee members will be invited to participate, along with members of the public. Activities will include the 25th Anniversary Reception, a marketing seminar and keynote presentation by Garth Clark, and glass and ceramic demonstrations and activities as well as a live kiln demonstration.

To bring together the arts community for our anniversary weekend, the Gallery has partnered with FUSION – The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, which will hold its 2018 Conference in Waterloo on the same weekend.


FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association is partnering its 2018 Conference with two special anniversaries: the 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery; and the 50th Anniversary of The Waterloo Potters’ Workshop. Together, this partnership forms a series of exciting events in celebration of clay and glass. The weekend includes the Exhibition Opening of Breakthrough: An Exhibition of FUSION Emerging Artists. To register for the 2018 FUSION Conference, please visit: Conference 2018 Registration.

Reconstruction, Peter Powning

The 2018 FUSION Conference on the campus of Wilfrid Laurier University, will feature two stellar presenters: Peter Powning, from the hills of southern New Brunswick; and Samantha Dickie, from Victoria, British Columbia. The featured presenters for the FUSION conference, Peter Powning (Saidye Bronfman Award winner) and Samantha Dickie also have work in the 25th Anniversary exhibition Then, Now and Next.

2018 will be a year of celebration for the Gallery and we hope you will join us!




Our Story

(Left to Right) Herb Epp, MPP, Ann Roberts, Founding Member of the Gallery, Brian Turnbull, Mayor of the City of Waterloo, and Others

With support from Ceramists Canada and the Glass Art Association of Canada, what would become the national gallery for ceramic and glass art was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1982. After a feasibility study and architectural design competition, the ground was broken for the construction of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario on September 16, 1989. The prime location was donated by the City of Waterloo and the Gallery’s distinguished design was developed by Patkau Architects of Vancouver. The architectural design of the Gallery is now recognized for its Governor General Award-winning design. 

Through several campaigns organized to support the Gallery’s endowment fund, staff, volunteers, board and committee members participated in a regional canvass of business and met with individuals interested in art. Most notably, individuals who spearheaded the vision and development of the Gallery were Winifred Shantz and former Board Chair, Ann Roberts.  

Ann Roberts (Left) and WLU President, Dr. Lorna Marsden (Right), 1993

Winifred Shantz, 1991, during the construction of the Gallery

 On June 19, 1993, the Gallery had its official opening will a “hands-in-clay” ceremony which replaced the traditional ribbon cutting.  Over the last 25 years, The Clay & Glass has become an integral part of the community while fostering and supporting emerging and established Canadian artists. With an emphasis on Canadian artists the Gallery brings exhibitions to the public that are grounded in craft processes, engaged in contemporary experimentation and meaningful to diverse audiences. By exhibiting and collecting contemporary works in ceramics and glass, the Gallery inspires dialogue, critical discourse and new ways of thinking. Through exhibitions that address issues relevant to our times, an impressive selection of works in our Gallery Shop and intriguing public programs that engage, educate, and inspire, we are accessible to all.



Throwback Thursday #CCGG25

The Gallery’s Grand Opening, 1993

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