2016 Awards for Emerging Ceramic & Glass Artists

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The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is calling for submissions to the 2016 RBC Award for Glass and Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.

These prestigious national awards allow practising early career ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice. The winner of each Award will receive $10,000. The selection is made by a jury comprised of respected contemporary glass and ceramic artists and other arts professionals. Winners will be celebrated and the awards presented at a ceremony in Waterloo, Ontario on November 12, 2016.

To be eligible for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics or the RBC Award for Glass, artists must be Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident status. They must have developed skills through training and/or practice in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions) and be recognized by other artists working in the same artistic tradition. Successful candidates seek payment for their work and actively practice their art. All applicants have maintained a professional practice for no more than 10 years prior to the date of application.

Complete guidelines for the awards can be downloaded here:

RBC Award for Glass Application Guidelines

Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics Application Guidelines

In order to be considered, applications for either award must be received electronically by September 5, 2016.
The RBC Award for Glass is supported by RBC as part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project. 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. Alwyn O’Brien of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia was the winner of the 2015 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Ito Laïla Le François of Rimouski, Quebec was the winner of the 2015 RBC Award for Glass.
For additional information, contact Andrew Bucsis, Curatorial Assistant at 519-746-1882 ext. 227 or archive@canadianclayandglass.ca

 

About Winifred Shantz: The late Winifred Shantz was a driving force for the arts in Waterloo Region for more than 40 years. A successful ceramist, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, she was committed to finding ways to enable artists to reach their full potential.

About RBC: RBC recognizes the role the arts play in vibrant communities and strong economies, and that enabling the next generation of artists to succeed is essential to continued vitality. From visual arts and music, to performing arts, writing and filmmaking, investing in emerging artists is a long-standing priority at RBC.

About The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation: The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) improves the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding area, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on key community issues.

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The Clay & Glass Announces Winners of the 2015 RBC & Winifred Shantz Awards! 

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The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to announce the 2015 Award Winners: Alwyn O’Brien has won the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and Ito Laïla Le François has won the RBC Award for Glass.

The winners were celebrated and the awards presented at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery on November 14, 2015. The ceremony featured brief artist talks by each of this year’s winners as well as presentations from two previous award winners: Kasia Piech, who won the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2008 and Rachel Wong who won the RBC Award for Glass in 2010. Check out some of the photos from the Awards Ceremony here.

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The winner of the 2015 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is Alwyn O’Brien from Saltspring Island, BC. Alwyn O’Brien’s ceramic sculptures push the medium as a vehicle to explore the metaphorical and literal question “What is the Vessel?” With an extensive knowledge of the history of decorative arts and a passion for the baroque, O’Brien’s objects challenge the definition of the vessel through the use of lacey hand-rolled coils in a deliberate yet chaotic way to construct volume and shape. Pinching, rolling and fingerprints are evidence of the hand and connect the material to the body. O’Brien’s ceramic practice has taken her across Canada, studying at Capilano College in Vancouver, Sheridan College of Ontario, the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She received her MFA in 2010 from the University of Washington in Seattle and her BFA from Emily Carr Institute. Her work is featured in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Surrey Art Gallery, and the Mackenzie Art Gallery. She divides her time between Saltspring Island, B.C. and Vancouver, where she is currently an instructor at both Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Langara College.

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The winner of the 2015 RBC Award for Glass is Ito Laïla Le François from Rimouski, QC. Ito holds diplomas in sculpture and glass art. Her works are unfolding chimeras with strong primitive touches as she examines the beauty and ugliness of living beings. Femininity, violence and body obsession govern her art – instinctively, metaphors emerge. In her creations the human and animal anatomy are omnipresent with looming death and the coexistence of life. By choosing media for their symbolism and strength she sculpts a range of materials, those which occupy an important place in her creative process, to enable the blending of several complex ideas together in one work of art. Despite her somewhat aggressive approach, sensuality dominates, seeming to originate from the unconscious in which her memories, written and spoken words are expressed and brought to light.

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Xanthe Isbister, Kelly McCray and Paula Murray. The RBC Award for Glass was juried by Alex Anagnostou, David James and Koen Vanderstukken.

The winner of each award will receive $10,000. These prestigious national awards allow early career practising 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 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. The RBC Award for Glass is supported by the RBC Foundation as part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

About Winifred Shantz: The late Winifred Shantz was a driving force for the arts in Waterloo Region for more than 40 years. A successful ceramist, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, she was committed to finding ways to enable artists to reach their full potential.

RBC_Com_EAP_rgbPEAbout RBC: RBC recognizes the role the arts play in vibrant communities and strong economies, and that enabling the next generation of artists to succeed is essential to continued vitality. From visual arts and music, to performing arts, writing and filmmaking, investing in emerging artists is a long-standing priority at RBC.

KWCF LOGO COLOUR CLEANAbout The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation: The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) improves the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding area, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on key community issues.

 

 

Past recipients of both awards truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic and glass artists in Canada. See information about the 2014 Winners below. For information about previous winners, click here.

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The Clay & Glass Announces Winners of the 2014 RBC and Winifred Shantz Awards

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery announced the winners of the 2014 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and RBC Award for Glass at an Awards ceremony held at the Gallery on November 22. The ceremony featured brief artist talks by each of the shortlisted candidates.

The winner of the 2014 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is Christopher Reid Flock. In his work, Mr. Flock has been reinterpreting the root of functional objects, focusing on aesthetic contrasts and parallels between Japanese and Canadian cultural history. By exploring scale, colour and the integration of mixed media, his works have evolved into free-form shapes and sculptural constructions that evoke recognizable and classic references of traditional Japanese Ikebana arrangements and kimono-wrapping while combining aspects of western industrialisation. This award will allow Flock to undertake an eight-week residency at the Medalta International Artists in Residence Program at the Historic Clay District in Medicine Hat, Alberta where he plans to increase the scale of his works and explore rapid prototyping technologies.

Jody Greenman-Barber of Buena Vista, Saskatchewan received the second prize. The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Iris Amizlev, Marie Côté and Jonathan Smith.

The winner of the 2014 RBC Award for Glass is Cheryl Wilson Smith of Red Lake, Ontario. Cheryl Wilson Smith’s delicate and complex kiln-cast works are inspired by the boreal forest and the rocky shores of Red Lake where she lives. Created by translating drawings into countless individual layers of glass frit, her sculptures push the limits of glass while interpreting the northern Ontario light, landscape and wilderness. Wilson Smith has been invited participate in “First Light” an artist-in-residence inside the Arctic Circle of Norway, timed to coincide with the first day during which the sun reappears over the horizon line. The residency will also include visits of natural and artistic interest. Working with renowned American glass artists Steve Klein and Richard Parrish and Norwegian artist Daniela Salathe she will experiment with the addition of colour, representing a significant technical challenge.

Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart of Ange-Gardien, Quebec received the second prize. The RBC Award for Glass was juried by Sandra Ainsley, John Paul Robinson and Valérie Paquin.

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First Prize: Christopher Reid Flock Second Prize:
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First Prize: Cheryl Wilson Smith Second Prize:
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