Past Events:

 

Book Launch: Koen Vanderstukken GLASS Virtual, RealGlass Virtual, Real

Join us on November 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm as we celebrate the book launch of GLASS Virtual, Real by artist Koen Vanderstukken.
Koen Vanderstukken has conducted research over the last 8 years to acquire more insight into how people perceive glass and how it has been and is used within the arts. The result of his research is a book entitled, GLASS Virtual, Real. 

This book is not yet another traditional historical or technical publication on glass, but a quest into the relationship between the use of glass within the arts and the intrinsic qualities of the medium and our perceptions of it. Although I do refer to the history and science of glass, I only do so in function of its relevance to the use of glass in contemporary art. What makes this publication unique is that the whole thesis builds up towards an insightful vision on how glass can be relevant within a contemporary art context.

Koen Vanderstukken is a renowned sculptor and educator. His work has been exhibited in major centres around the world, from Amsterdam, Paris, Prague and Venice to New York, Chicago and Montreal. He ran his own studio in Niel, Belgium from 1990 to 2006 and his glass can be found in many museum and private collections, as well as significant public commissions. Koen has offered workshops and master classes in Europe and North America, in addition to teaching for ten years at the State Institute of Art and Crafts in Mechelen, Belgium. Since 2006 he’s been a professor and the studio head of the glass department at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada.

Books will be available for purchase for $60, and Koen Vanderstukken will be signing purchased copies.

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CHIHULY Bus Trip

Join us on October 22 for a day of art and excitement in Toronto. Our first stop is the Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Chihuly’s only Toronto dealer. Here guests will get a private tour and talk with Sandra Ainsley. Next we will visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the CHIHULY glass exhibition: From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty.

Chihuly is one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass today. Created by sand, fire, and human breath, his brilliantly coloured works of art produce a magical, sensory experience that will never be forgotten.

The bus will leave The Clay & Glass parking lot at 9 a.m. sharp and will return at approximately 5 p.m.

Cost is $65 ($60 for Gallery members) +HST/person. This includes:

  • Transportation via Cherrey Bus Lines Activity bus
  • Talk at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery
  • Group Rate Admission to CHIHULY and all other exhibitions at the ROM
  • Lunch at Druxy’s at the ROM

Register online here or visit the Gallery Shop.

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Mush Hole Project

The Gallery is excited to be a part of this important project. The Mush Hole Project is an immersive, site-specific art and performance installation event taking place at the Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford) September 16, 17 and 18, 2016. This collaborative project aims to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and to preserve, query, and reveal the complex personal, political, and public narratives around Canada’s residential school system, in general, and the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (at the Woodland Cultural Centre).. Find more information on their website.

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Glass Gathering 2016

Saturday, September 10, 20163016

Join us for an outing to the Sheridan College Glass Studio Glass Gathering 2016 event on September 10, 2016. This event is a full day of glass-related fun, including short talks and demos in Flame Working, Hotshop and Kiln Casting. A complimentary catered lunch is provided.

Bus leaves the Gallery parking lot at 8:30 AM sharp and will return by approximately 4:30 PM.

3021Cost: Gallery Members $40 +HST
Non-Members $45 +HST

Download your registration form here.

Deadline to register is September 6, 2016

 

 

National Aboriginal Day

Birch Bark and Quill Workshop

June 21 • 6-9pm

To celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21, The Clay & Glass will host a “Birch Bark and Quill” workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to create a design using porcupine quills on birch bark. This type of work is a technique that is unique to the Indigenous of North America. Artist Rebecca Baird will lead the workshop and will have samples of different designs, but participants are welcome to bring their own designs. Rebecca’s work can be seen in our current exhibition Tributaries: Midway ‘twixt earth and heaven.

Cost: $45 +HST
Download the registration form here

Our exhibition Tributaries: Midway ‘twixt earth and heaven is on view until June 26, 2016. Featuring the work of KC Adams, Rebecca Baird, Kenny Baird, Carl Beam, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Greg Staats and Members of the Smith Family, this exhibition embraces the elements of earth, fire and light, foundations of Indigenous ideology.

The Gallery Shop and Exhibition spaces will be open until 9pm.

Tributaries: Midway ‘twixt earth and heaven
A Conversation with the Curator and Artists
Saturday, June 25, 2016 • 2-4pm

IMG_7878On Saturday, June 25, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery presents Guest Curator Patricia Deadman in conversation with exhibiting artists Kenny Baird, Rebecca Baird, Steve Smith and Greg Staats.

Tributaries: Midway ‘twixt earth and heaven is on view until June 26 and features the work of contemporary, multi-disciplinary artists KC Adams, Rebecca Baird, Kenny Baird, Carl Beam, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Greg Staats and members of the Smith Family.
At this event, the featured artists will share their personal and collective stories that define and interpret the connections between place, spirit, and family, highlighting the important relationship between humankind and the ecology. This event is free and all are welcome.

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is participating in the Waterloo Public Library’s STEAM Heat event:

Saturday, June 6
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Main Library, 35 Albert Street

Bring the whole family to STEAM Heat (formerly Transformation Station).

STEAM Heat is an afternoon full of hands-on fun, exciting demonstrations with our amazing partners, live music, great food from some of the most popular food trucks in the Region, oh, and did we mention FUN?!

And our friends from 91.5TheBeat will be broadcasting live from STEAM Heat too!

Learn more here!

 

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery will be held on June 18, 2015 at 6pm.

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Artist Talk with Neil Tetkowski
June 20, 2015 • 7 pmTetkowski Mythos_cover_final

Join American artist Neil Tetkowski, as he discusses his creative vision and a career that spans nearly 40 years.

The Gallery’s current exhibition, Rethinking Mythos, is a mid-career retrospective of Tetkowski’s work. Tetkowski has become known for his environmentally inspired large-scale clay mandala discs and clay installations. This exhibition features ceramic sculpture, photo and video installations and the monumental works included in the Common Ground World Project. In this work, Tetkowski used raw clay material from 188 different countries and it took the artist the better part of five years to complete.

June 20, 2015 • 7 pm
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo
This event is free, but registration is required.

Donations to the Gallery are appreciated.

Rethinking Mythos catalogues are available in the Gallery Shop. Neil Tetkowski will sign copies of his catalogue following the talk.

This will also be the last chance to view Rethinking Mythos before it closes. Don’t miss it.

 

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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.

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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.

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).

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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.

 

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Part 1: Collecting Contemporary Glass Art

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

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Part 2: Collecting Contemporary Ceramic Art

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

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Part 3: History of Canadian Ceramic and Glass Art

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

 

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