The 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery


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 dinner are available here.

Calendar of Events

April 15-21: Volunteer Week

April 19: FUSE Exhibition: Rosemary Aicher

April 26: FUSE Exhibition Opening Reception: Rosemary Aicher

May 6: Volunteer & Curator’s Circle Donor Appreciation Brunch

May 17: Empty Bowls at Knox Church

May 21: Victoria Day – Gallery Closed

Throwback Thursday #CCGG25

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Barbara Murphy on the wheel on Gallery Day, 1994

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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. 

Winifred Shantz, 1991, during the construction of the Gallery

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

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.


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 keynote speaker 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. The featured presenters for the FUSION conference, Peter Powning (Saidye Bronfman Award winner) and Samantha Dickee, will 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!


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