2017 Awards for Emerging Ceramic & Glass Artists


The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is pleased to announce that Zimra Beiner has won the 2017 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and Montserrat Duran Muntadas has won the 2017 Award for Glass. 

The winners were celebrated and awarded at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery on Saturday, January 13. The ceremony featured brief artists talks by each of this year’s winners as well as presentations from the inaugural winner of each award; Susan Collett who won the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2001 and Julia Reimer who won the RBC Award for Glass in 2008. 

The winner of the 2017 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is Zimra Beiner from Toronto, Ontario. Beiner studied ceramics at Sheridan College, NSCAD University and received an MFA from Alfred University in 2012. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada, including exhibitions at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, and the Gardiner Museum. Recent awards include the NCECA Emerging Artist Award, nomination for the RBC Emerging Artist Award in Ceramics, and recent residencies include The Berlin Ceramics Centre, Germany, and Private Studio Jingdezhen, China.  He is currently Assistant Professor in ceramics at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Canada. 

Work by Zimra Beiner, 2017 Winifred Shantz Award Winner


The winner of the 2017 Award for Glass is Montserrat Duran Muntadas from Montreal, Quebec. In 2010, she graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Universitat de Barcelona and in 2007, from the Escuela del Vidrio of the Real Fabrica de Cristales de la Granja, Centro Nacional del Vidrio of Segovia, Spain. Over the years, she has participated in more than 30 national and international group exhibitions including: the SOFA Chicago 2016, the European Glass Context 2016 in Denmark and the European Glass Festival 2015 in Poland. Also, she was a finalist and laureate of several awards such as: the FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association and the Bourse ForCGal as well as receiving grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2015, she had her first collaborative exhibition with Jean-Simon Trottier at the Galerie Espace VERRE in Montreal. Currently, her works which combines glass with other materials – such as paper, fabric or diverse organic materials – often take the form of wearable art, sculptures and art installations. Moreover, Montserrat has several solo exhibitions planned until 2020. 

Work by Montserrat Duran Muntadas, 2017 Glass Award Winner

The winner of each award receives $10,000. These prestigious national awards allow early career practicing ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that will advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in their careers. 


The 2017 Award for Glass is supported by a group of Gallery supporters. The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by the Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.

Past recipients of both awards truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic and glass artists in Canada.  For information about previous winners, click here.