Upcoming Events


Deconstructing Clay and Glass

Deconstructing Clay and Glass is a four-part series of informative lectures designed to educate and enlighten collectors, designers and lovers of contemporary ceramic and glass art. Generously sponsored by PWL Capital Inc., the series takes place this fall and winter at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and other locations.


Part 1: Collecting Contemporary Glass Art

Autumn Gold, 2008. Irene Frolic.

Monday, October 6 • 7pm
Sandra Ainsley Gallery • 100 Sunrise Ave. Unit 150, Toronto

The series kicks off October 6 with Collecting Contemporary Glass Art. This stimulating lecture will be given by Sandra Ainsley onsite in her spectacular gallery in Toronto. Ainsley has been in business since 1984 and is Canada’s leading dealer of contemporary glass art.

The Sandra Ainsley Gallery – a dramatically lit industrial warehouse that showcases the stunning collection she represents – will provide an impressive backdrop for the event. Guests will learn the process of collecting significant work – from research to evaluating to purchasing and ultimately how to ‘curate’ their own collections. An expert in the industry, Ainsley will have insider knowledge on what is trending in the world of contemporary glass art.

The event begins at 7pm and includes a reception. Guests from Waterloo Region can book their seat on a bus that will depart from Waterloo at 4:45pm and return following the lecture.

Advance tickets for the event are $25 ($20 for Members of The Clay & Glass). Return transportation between Waterloo and Toronto is an additional $25 per person and must be booked by October 3. Purchase your tickets here.

Tickets purchased at the door are $30 each.


Part 2: Collecting Contemporary Ceramic Art


From the death of one grows life for the other, 2013. Carole Epp

Wednesday, October 29 • 7pm
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery • 25 Caroline St. N. Waterloo

Join us for the second lecture in the series with Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, owner of Jonathon’s Gallery of London Ontario, and Diana Reitberger, an avid collector of fine Canadian crafts and author of over fifty published articles and reviews on art and craft.

Established in 2000, the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery has evolved into a Mecca for ceramic collectors. The gallery showcases the talents of over 125 of Canada’s top ceramic artists from all over Canada. Their commitment is to provide a comprehensive nation-wide representation of Canadian ceramics. Each year the gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions that range from solo exhibitions to group exhibitions all with a specific theme culminating every five years in “Matter of Clay”, their largest national exhibition. A unique aspect of the gallery is showcasing not only major exhibition pieces but also the ‘repeat’ work by which many artists earn their living. Jonathon’s is a destination for museum directors, curators, collectors and connoisseurs as well as the person looking for that special mug or casserole dish.

Diana Reitberger is a senior fundraising professional with over 30 years of experience and is currently the Director of Development for The National Ballet of Canada. She has a long and committed history of working in the arts. Diana is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was a founding Board Member of the Toronto Chapter. She obtained her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 1995 and has spoken at numerous professional fundraising conferences on a variety of topics. In her volunteer life, Diana has been active in the arts as Chair of the Board of Kaeja d’dance for ten years and on the Board of Directors of Roseneath Theatre and the Ontario Crafts Council. She is an avid collector of fine Canadian crafts and has written over fifty published articles and reviews on art and craft. Her collection of Canadian Ceramics is currently on loan to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, where she sits on the Acquisitions Committee.

Purchase tickets for October 29 here



Part 3: History of Canadian Ceramic and Glass Art

Tuesday, November 18 • 7pm
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery • 25 Caroline St. N. Waterloo

The third lecture in the series features Rachel Gotlieb, Chief Curator of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and Laura Donefer, renowned Canadian glass artist, magazine editor and educator.

Rachel Gotlieb served as the founding Curator of the Design Exchange between 1990–2002, and co-wrote Design in Canada (Knopf Canada, 2001). She has curated and co-curated several important exhibitions, taught design history at Ryerson University School of Fashion, OCAD and Sheridan College. She created and implemented the Studio North and Prototype exhibits for Canadian artisans at the Toronto Interior Design Show, as well as conceived and directed its Conversations in Design annual symposium.  She currently serves on OCADU’s On Site Gallery Advisory Board and on Laura-Donefer---Amulet-Basket_forwebthe Professional Advisory Committee for Art and Art History Sheridan/University of Toronto, Mississauga. She has also served on the board of the Ontario Crafts Council (2006-8), and City of Toronto Public Art Commission (1994-7).
Rachel received her M.A. in Design History at the Royal College of Art & the Victoria & Albert Museum, where her thesis topic investigated “The Aesthetic Criteria and Vocabulary of British Studio Potters and Art Manufacturers 1914-1930.” She also completed a Sotheby’s short course in European Decorative Arts. She is a PhD candidate in Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Laura Donefer was born in Ithaca, NY and raised in Quebec, Canada. Laura studied sculpture at the National Art School of Cubanacan in Havana, and graduated with honours from McGill University in Montreal. After travelling the world and working with many interesting people, Laura trained as a glass artist at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. She has been using glass as the primary medium in her work for 30 years, often combining it with diverse materials. Laura has spent many years teaching at Pilchuck, Penland, Corning, Red Deer, and conducts many workshops in schools throughout North America and beyond, including Japan and Australia. As president of the Glass Art Association of Canada, Laura was instrumental in trying to unite of all the glass artists across Canada when she began publishing a quarterly magazine which has developed into the major voice of the Canadian glass artist today. Laura keeps to a very busy exhibition schedule, presenting her work internationally since 1985.

Amulet Basket, Laura Donefer


Purchase tickets for November 18 here


Part 4: Designing with Contemporary Ceramic and Glass Art

January 2015 (date to be determined)
More information about this event will be provided as it is available.



November 30, 2014

art fair