The 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

We would like to thank everyone who came out to our 25th Anniversary Weekend from June 21 to 24, 2018. The Weekend was a great success with our Alumni Dinner, Marketing Seminar and Keynote Lecture with Garth Clark, 25th Anniversary Reception and our art activities and demonstrations. The Anniversary Weekend would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers, staff, 25th Anniversary Committee, sponsors, alumni, board members and our Weekend attendants.

Thank you to all. 

 To view more photos from the 25th Anniversary Weekend, please visit our Facebook Page.

25th Anniversary Documentary

A film by Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill. The film features Gallery founders Ann Roberts and the late Winifred Shantz, Curator Sheila McMath, as well as many more familiar faces. Watch the video here:




To bring together the arts community for our anniversary weekend, the Gallery partnered with FUSION – The Ontario Clay and

Reconstruction, Peter Powning

Glass Association, which held its 2018 Conference in Waterloo on the same weekend.

FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association partnered 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 formed a series of exciting events in celebration of clay and glass. The weekend included the Exhibition Opening of Breakthrough: An Exhibition of FUSION Emerging Artists.

The 2018 FUSION Conference was held on the campus of Wilfrid Laurier University and featured 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.


Our Story

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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