Upcoming Events


Exquisite Woods: Art Rooted in Science

March 1 • 1-5pmExquisiteWoods_forweb2 

The rare Charitable Research Reserve together with the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery presents Exquisite Woods: Art Rooted in Science.

Join us on Sunday, March 1 from 1-5pm for this informative and interactive event.

First, visit the Gallery to see the current exhibition, Exquisite Woods, and to hear a panel discussion with Karen Houle, Doug Larson and Paula Murray. Karen Houle is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph; Her areas of specialization are political theory, ethics, environmental philosophy, philosophy and literature, and feminist thought. Doug Larson, an award winning scientist, author, lecturer, instrument maker, and musician, is now an Emeritus Professor at the University of Guelph. He spends his time lecturing about the union of art and science and uses the Storyteller guitar as the touchstone to this philosophy. Paula Murray is a distinguished artist whose path from science to ceramics provided the foundation from which she has developed a distinctive body of work. Her work is featured in the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery’s current exhibition, Exquisite Woods.

These three dynamic speakers will discuss the ways in which science and art are interconnected. Each will offer a different perspective on the complex relationship between humans and the natural world and the ecological concerns that arise because of it. This discussion will address the importance of collaboration among various disciplines in order to better understand these concerns and work to solve them.


Following the panel discussion, guests will travel to rare, a 900+ acre urban land trust at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers, for a guided tour and hike to experience Indian Woods, one of the last remaining patches of old-growth forest with trees more than 240 years old.

This event is generously sponsored by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund and PWL Capital Inc.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for members of The Clay & Glass or rare discount card holders. Price includes round-trip transportation between the two sites.

Please dress for all weather conditions, including ice, snow and low temperatures, and wear appropriate footwear, as trails are not frequently groomed throughout winter and may be snowy or slippery.

Get your tickets here

About the Speakers:
Karen Houle hails from Northern Ontario but calls Guelph home. Her twin girls, Kuusta Laird Barry and Cézanne Houle, are a quarter century old and live in Guelph too, with their kids. Houle’s undergraduate degree is in Biology and Chemistry. (She is proud to say she studied under Doug Larson!) Houle is now an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, and adjunct graduate faculty in the Schools of Fine Art and Music & the Guelph-Humber School of Creative Writing. Her areas of specialization in Philosophy are political theory, ethics, environmental philosophy, philosophy and literature, and feminist thought. She co-edited (with Jim Vernon) Hegel and Deleuze: Together Again for the First Time (Northwestern, 2013). Her monograph, Responsibility, Complexity and Abortion: Toward a New Image of Ethical Thought (Lexington) came out at the end of 2013. She has published numerous academic and non-academic articles and is also the author of two nationally acclaimed books of poetry: Ballast (House of Anansi, 2001) and During (Gaspereau Press, 2008). Ballast was nominated by the Canadian League of Poets for the Lampert Prize (best first book of poetry by a Canadian writer). She was the inaugural Eastern Comma Writer-in-Residence at North House, on the rare Charitable Research Reserve in the fall of 2014.

Doug Larson hails from Montreal, then Oakville, then finally Guelph. Guelph, by the way, was the town that Oakville should have been. But that’s another story. Doug has three children and now five grandchildren four of whom live in Guelph. Hence a new business venture has been started called Doug’s Babysitting Service. Doug retired from the University of Guelph six years ago after a 35 year teaching and award-spattered research career that saw highlights including the discovery of the ancient forests of the Niagara Escarpment.  Four books and 130 research papers formed the core of the academic career but the real thrill of the job was teaching students like Karen Houle. While not conducting research, Doug was heavily involved with woodworking, instrument building, songwriting, and recording.  Five albums with Kid Coma (see iTunes for Complete Metamorphosis) were recorded over eight years, and most recently Doug has recorded an album (Things that need to be said, see www.larsonknox.com) with Steve Knox (lead guitarist of local rock hero’s The Kramdens.) Doug’s best  known post-retirement project was the building of the Storyteller Guitar and the writing of a book of the same name (Dundurn, 2011).  This instrument was built using wood and other research-based artifacts from six continents and dozens of individuals and businesses.  The instrument now resides in the Guelph Civic Museum with the hope that it be circulated amongst the regional schools as a miniature, portable, playable museum. Four other history-based guitar-building projects have been completed recently including three telling the story of the rediscovery the Dawn Redwood, and the 107 year history of Knight Lumber Inc.

Paula Murray was born in Ottawa. Her interest in the relationship between the mind and the body initially drew her to study science science at the University of Ottawa. Upon discovering clay at a co-operative studio near the University, she changed direction and began studying ceramics at Sheridan College, School of Craft & Design and then at The Banff Centre’s summer sessions. While at Sheridan she was mentored by Ruth Gowdy McKinley, assisting her with her monthly wood firings. Her path from science to ceramics provided the foundation from which she has developed a distinctive body of work. Murray’s porcelain sculptures have been described by art critic Nancy Baele as “fusions of near rupture and serene beauty, echoing nature and the human body in their forms.” Her delicate vessels examine the invisible boundary between the physical and spiritual worlds and the sense of wonder evoked by life’s mysteries. Murray has lived in the Gatineau Park on the shores of Meech Lake, Quebec since opening her first studio in 1980. For extended periods of time, throughout her career, she has lived on the water with her young family, sailing between Canada and South America.  Inspiration is drawn from this ongoing relationship with nature, and through her investigation into our perceptions of the nature of reality. Regarded as one of Canada’s finest ceramic artists, Paula Murray has received many honours and awards for her exceptional work. In 2006, she was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. Murray exhibits internationally, most recently the Cluj International Ceramic Biennale, Romania (2013).

Build-a-Butt Contest

February 21 • 12-2 pm

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is proud to support the BUILD A BUTT Contest to help raise awareness of colorectal cancer screening.
Colorectal cancer is a very serious disease, and it’s not a topic that people like to talk about. Let’s get conversations started with the Build A Butt contest!

Contest details can be found at www.grhosp.on.ca/buildabutt

It’s a fun, free event! Come out and create a “butt” out of clay (not life sized) so you can enter the contest!

Limited seats available! Light refreshments will be served.

Pre-Register today https://build-a-butt-workshop.eventbrite.com/


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