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On the advice of the City of Waterloo and Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery will be closing and cancelling all programming as of 5pm, Sunday March 15 until further notice. For more information, click here to view our most recent updates.

Public Art in Glass

Warren Carther, Sarah Hall, Robert Jekyll, Michèle Lapointe

January 11 to June 7, 2020

Art has been used in the public sphere for centuries to embellish, to commemorate people and events of historical importance, to educate, to assert power. Today, public art often focuses on local community values where it transforms the surrounding landscape to highlight issues and questions of the moment. The art of stained glass developed rapidly during the Middle Ages, mostly by illustrating biblical scenes in European churches and cathedrals. Eventually, stained glass windows were also used in secular buildings. To this day, the art of stained glass is used in public buildings of all kinds. In the past, most standalone monuments and sculptures were of stone, marble, concrete or metal. With the development of new techniques and technology, glass can be used in sculptural form to create statement pieces that play on strength and fragility, transparency and lightness; qualities unique to glass.

A catalogue for this exhibition is available in the Gift Shop or online.

Left to Right: Sarah Hall, Lux Nova, Regent College, University of British Columbia, 2007; Michèle Lapointe, Maquette for L’insoutenable légèreté de la plume, l’école maternelle et primaire le Parchemin de Carignan et Montérégie, 1998; Robert Jekyll, Sketch for Centennial Project, Humberside Collegiate Institute, 1992; Warren Carther, Aperture, Winnipeg International Airport, 2011.

On Collecting Clay and Glass

Mid-December 2019 to June 7, 2020

Most of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery’s acquisitions are received as donations either from artists directly, or from corporate and private collections. On Collecting Clay and Glass presents four private collections to show a small sample of the diversity that these mediums offer. It includes works from the visual arts, craft, design and the decorative arts. Collecting can take many forms based on one’s personal taste and interest. For that reason, private collections are often more varied and will include, apart from clay and glass objects, paintings, textiles and furniture, prints, drawings and sculptures. For this exhibition, we selected a variety of pieces from two collections, and focused on a specific object for the other two, illustrating some of the possibilities of the intellectual and aesthetic pursuits of their owners.

A catalogue for this exhibition is available in the Gift Shop or online.

Left to Right: Emily Brock, Books and Coffee, 2016, Collection of Jamie Cameron and Chris Bredt; Murano, Italy, Pair of Glass Pheasants, c. 1950, Collection of Arlene Christiansen; Unknown Artist (Chinese), Peacock Teapot, 19th Century, Collection of Jonathan Smith; Chamberlains Worcester, Anti Slavery Soup Tureen and Underplate, 1832, Private Collection.

Emerging Talent Series

This instalment features emerging curator and writer Peter Flannery, presenting the work of established artist Carol Rossman.

Rocks in My Head: Carol Rossman

January 11 to April 2020

Working in raku, one of ceramics’ most unpredictable mediums, Carol Rossman’s scientific method and carefully planned designs bring life and natural forms to the vessels and sculptures that she creates. Rossman is influenced by the American Southwest landscapes of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico where she rides trails each year. In her recent works, she captures the colours, textures, and emotions of these unique vistas that include flowing canyons and rock formations, crackling desert earth, and native flora.
Rossman has been a ceramist for more than forty years. Influenced by her previous career as a medical researcher through the intense planning and experimentation of her technique, Rossman has mastered the art of raku in a way that few artists have. And yet, the unpredictability of the unique firing process of this medium can present surprising results at every turn, creating a sublime beauty and uncertainty that itself mimics the natural and unconquerable aspects of the landscapes that are her passion and inspiration.

This is the second instalment in the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery’s Emerging Talent Series, which provides a space for emerging artists, curators, and writers, presented in the Mutual Group Tower Gallery. This series is generously supported by:

Material Syntax: 3D Printed Masonry Façade Systems

January 11 to April 2020
Exhibition coordinated by David Correa and Yesul Elly Cho

University of Waterloo Architecture students test how building facades of the future can be 3D printed with clay. Inspired by nature, ancient architectural traditions and new technology, the students develop new methods and processes that re-envision the clay masonry unit.

Working with a state-of-the-art large-volume clay extrusion 3D printer, Assistant Professor David Correa’s students set out to explore how this highly used building material can be re-envisioned for the future. This fabrication tool allows for an unprecedented level of design freedom when compared with conventional brick-making methods, while still engaging the material properties and characteristics of traditional clay.

The result is a series of 7 prototypes that test the new architectural qualities of 3D printed facades, where each clay brick can be unique. The projects include a wide range of playful wall systems, ornamental and light-modulating cladding systems, as well as rainscreen and solar-shading facades.

Participants: [Salman Rauf, Julie Niu, Kevin Kunnappilly], [Nathanael Scheffler, Kelsey Dawson, Mia Milanovic], [Prateek Wason, Nupur Garg, Camilla Vespa], [Jade Manbodh, Nima Karami, Ethan Schwartz], [Isabel Kim, Yi Ming Wu, Andrew Kenny], [James Clarke-Hicks, Isabel Ochoa, Zaven Titizian], [Emma Moseley, Kelley Gu].

Special thanks to: Andrew Payne, Conroy Murray, Judy Pryma, Denis Longchamps, Elsa Brittin, Kristin Schreiner, Heinz Koller, Michael Syms, Anne Bordeleau, Emily Stafford, Jessica Steinhauser, Rose Mary Aicher, Ye Sull Elly Cho, Jim Shi, Geoff Farrow.

This exhibition is made possible by Masonry Ontario in partnership with the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo and The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery.