Current Exhibitions

April 8 to September 2, 2018

Ruby, 2016, Irene Frolic. Photo: Rebekah D’Amboise Tremblay

The Journey (detail), 2018, Susan Edgerley

Then, Now and Next

Curated by Sheila McMath. 

The Gallery’s 25th Anniversary exhibition, Then, Now and Next is an invitational show featuring six acclaimed Canadian artists, Samantha Dickie, Susan Edgerley, Irene Frolic, Zachari Logan, Audie Murray and Peter Powning. The exhibition celebrates artists at various stages of their careers. Some have a long history with the Gallery; all are making their mark in contemporary ceramics and glass.

Established artists Susan Edgerley and Irene Frolic, both members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, use glass for its inherent metaphorical references to the ethereal qualities of life and its fragility. Their work also utilizes the poetic potential of glass to speak about the human condition and the ephemeral beauty of the natural world. Edgerley and Frolic were both participants in the Gallery’s inaugural exhibition and we are pleased to invite them back to celebrate their accomplished careers.

Fragmented Plate Pair – Bold, 2017, Peter Powning

All We Can Do Is Keep Breathing (detail), 2018. Samantha Dickie. Photo: Cathie Ferguson

Fountain (detail), 2013 (ongoing). Zachari Logan

Fragments of Language: Birch&Beads, 2016, Audie Murray

Artist Peter Powning, recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award in 2006, is engaged in experimentation with many different materials including ceramic, glass, stone and bronze. Powning’s practice encompasses work at various scales from small vessels to large sculptural objects to a public installation. Powning is viewed as an inspirational leader for his study of the ‘elemental’ aspects of materials, his technical proficiency and the way that his practice appears to move fluidly and seamlessly among various media.Contemporary ceramic artist Samantha Dickie has received attention and acclaim for the quiet power of her installations. For this exhibition, Dickie will debut a new work made of over 1,000 porcelain components. Her work encourages viewers to carefully observe subtle variations of handmade objects and to pause in her immersive environments.

Zachari Logan and Audie Murray have been invited to participate in this exhibition to represent the expansive, interdisciplinary approach embodied by many ‘next‘ generation artists. Logan’s work, Fountain, is made of multiple, intricately sculpted ceramic flowers, accumulated and assembled into a monumental column. The artist adds new ceramic flowers each time he exhibits the work, continuing his meditations on mortality, memory and loss.

Audie Murray is a multi-disciplinary Métis artist who has received attention for her integration of floral bead work on common, everyday objects. In Murray’s work, Fragments of Language, viewers will be greeted in three languages – French, Cree and Michif. Murray’s work will encourage viewers to consider the simultaneous fragility and resilience of culture, language and nature.

An integral part of this exhibition is also the In Memoriam section, which features work from the Gallery’s collection, and pays tribute to the makers of ceramic, glass and enamel art who we have lost over the last 25 years.

The Opening Reception was held on April 8 at 2:00pm.
Irene Frolic presented an artist talk during the official preview of the exhibition on April 7 at 7:30pm. Zachari Logan presented an artist talk on July 4 at 7:00pm.

Watch both artist talks on Youtube:

 

Thank you to our funders and supporters:

 
 
     

The Estate of J. Douglas McCullough

Bill Poole & Louise Dzuryk

Randall Howard & Judy McMullan

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May 5 to September 2, 2018

Chronicle: 25 Years at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

Curated by Tsukiko Keogh & Andrew Bucsis

Opening Reception for The Glass Canvas, April 17, 1994. Visitors contemplating stained glass work by Stuart Reid.

A Preview of the exhibition was held on Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 pm. The show runs until September 2, 2018.

Explore the archives of The Clay & Glass as it celebrate a quarter century of silica arts. Unearthed from the vaults, this exhibit reflects on 25 years of the people and events that have shaped the Gallery’s history.The exhibition is held at the City of Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre, located at 10 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, ON.

 

 

 

 

 

This exhibition is made possible in part by contributions from: