Past Exhibitions

2019 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics
September 21 to November 17, 2019

Image: Creek & Crossing, 2013. Glazed earthenware and internal digital video projection on sanded mirror, carved wooden chairs, milk paint. Nurielle Stern.

The 2019 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics Winner, Nurielle Stern of Toronto, Ontario, is celebrated in this exhibition alongside finalists Trevor Baird (Montreal, QC), Naomi Clement (London, ON), Grace Han (Winnipeg, MB), Joon Hee Kim (Oakville, ON), Jocelyn Reid (Calgary, AB) and Zane Wilcox (Regina, SK).

The 2019 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Pascale Girardin, Michele Hardy and Rory MacDonald. The jury would like to acknowledge a very competitive field of emerging ceramic artists who applied. The jury is unanimous in selecting Nurielle Stern as the recipient of this year’s award.  In her work, Stern demonstrates a combination of daring, rich investigation of narrative and subject matter and a mastery of her craft. The jury was impressed with the quality of her strong exhibition production combining work of installation and display as well as the strength of her proposed award project.  As part of her project, Stern will produce large-scale ceramic sculptures for exhibition, beginning with her participation in a residency at the California State University Long Beach Center for Contemporary Ceramics.

About the Award:

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by The Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. This prestigious $10,000 award allows practising early career ceramic artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice.

Past recipients of the award truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic artists in Canada. Lindsay Montgomery of Toronto, Ontario was the winner of the 2018 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Click here to learn more about winners of the award in past years.

About Winifred Shantz: The late Winifred Shantz was a driving force for the arts in Waterloo Region for more than 40 years. A successful ceramist, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, she was committed to finding ways to enable artists to reach their full potential.

About Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation: Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) enables people, companies and organizations to do more good by making it easy for Fundholders to give and for charities to receive money. When you make a donation to KWCF, they invest that gift into a permanent endowment fund which generates income that is then distributed through grants to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community. As a leading community-building organization in Waterloo Region, KWCF is focused on collaborating with partners to identify and meet current and future needs of our community, by enabling social capital and developing creative forward-thinking innovative solutions for place-based philanthropy.

About the Winner

Nurielle Stern is a ceramic sculpture and installation artist and a graduate of Alfred University’s renowned MFA program in Ceramic Art (2014). She has also studied ceramics at Sheridan College and holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University. Stern’s most recent exhibition, Unswept Floor (Tesserae), was commissioned by the Gardiner Museum in response to Ai Weiwei: Unbroken. Her first collaborative exhibition with artist Nicholas Crombach, entitled Whale Fall, opened at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery for the summer of 2019. Stern’s upcoming exhibition  includes a large-scale commission for Gardiner Museum’s new Joan Courtois Gallery to be installed this coming fall.

About the Finalists

Large Vase 13, 2019. Underglazed and stained porcelain. Trevor Baird.

Pillow Platter, c. 2019. Hand-built stoneware with underglaze decoration. Naomi Clement.

Ziggurat 3.7, 2017. Reduction fired stoneware, copper, paint. Zane Wilcox.

Trevor Baird b.1990 lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. He holds a BFA from Concordia University and has been exhibited in Mexico, Canada, and The United States, most recently at the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Lansing; The Hole, New York; Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto and Projet Pangée, Montreal. He has attended residencies at the Banff Centre and the Rozynski Arts Centre and is featured in print in The Editorial Magazine, FREAKER UNLTD 1-3, and others.

Naomi Clement is an artist and educator who explores ideas of home and belonging through the powerful lens of functional ceramics. She received her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2017, and has participated in residencies, given lectures and workshops, and exhibited her work across North America. Naomi was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine, and her work was featured on the cover of the September 2018 issue of the magazine.

Grace Han is a ceramic artist originally trained in Seoul, South Korea. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Dankook University where she specialized in traditional Korean Ceramic techniques and skills. She immigrated to Canada in 2011 and received her Master of Fine Arts from University of Manitoba. Now she is pursuing her career as a ceramic artist in Canada, her new home.

Joon Hee Kim is a Canadian artist originally from Seoul, Korea. She studied design and patisserie, before becoming intrigued with ceramics at Sheridan College, extending to metal during her MA of Fine art in the UK. Her professional practice was also taken to Europe and Japan. Brimming with personal anecdotes and engaging narratives, her work has been exhibited in Canada, USA, and UK. Her latest solo exhibition took place at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery during the summer of 2019.

Jocelyn Reid is an artist from Calgary, Alberta. Reid received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2013, and has since exhibited her work widely. Reid was the recipient of the 2015 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship, and has participated in residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Banff Centre, and Guldagergaard, as well as at several other programs. Reid is the Ceramics Technician at AUArts, and currently lives and works in Calgary.

Zane Wilcox received an MFA from the University of Regina and a BMus from the University of British Columbia. He has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. Zane’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and Australia, and is featured in public collections including the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Global Affairs Canada. Outside of the studio, he is active in roles such as juror, visiting artist, workshop presenter and teacher.

You Will Do What You Say, 2018. Glazed ceramic, Gold Luster. Joon Hee Kim.

Stone Series, 2019. Stoneware. Grace Han.

A place to rest (1), 2018. Cast porcelain, glaze, wood. Jocelyn Reid.

Image: In Your Hands, 2019, Glazed Ceramic, Gold Luster. Joon Hee Kim.

The Eye of the Beholder
June 1 to September 29, 2019

The Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of the ceramic work of artist Joon Hee Kim in the John A. Pollock Family Courtyard.

It is said that the human body is a living vessel. Joon Hee Kim’s work consists of sculptural ceramics that reflect her interpretation of the human form as a vessel. Her work moves the ordinary into symbolic archetype, reconciling tradition from her culture to become a measure of human experience.  She tackles the idea of beauty and joy by juxtaposing classical art and historical heritage with contemporary concerns. She thus creates multiple viewpoints within a global context.

Joon Hee Kim is a Canadian artist originally from Seoul, Korea. She studied Design and Patisserie, then Ceramics at Sheridan College, continuing her practice at Chelsea College of Arts in London U.K., where she received the Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship and an MA in Fine Arts.  Her work has been exhibited in Canada, U.S.A, and the U.K.. After receiving a Canada Council for the Arts grant, she was accepted to the Shigaraki Ceramic Residency in Japan. She had her first solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Burlington in the summer of 2018. Joon Hee recently completed a residency at the Center for Ceramics, Zentrum für Keramik, in Berlin, Germany this year.


A catalogue accompanying this exhibition is available for purchase in the Gallery Shop or Online.

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Turtle and Fish Motif (1986), Porcelain. Steve Smith.  Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Collection. Gift of Neil and Doreen Forsyth. Photo: Eleanor Zhang.

From the Collection:

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 19 to September 8, 2019

Ann Beam, Anong Migwans Beam, Carl Beam, Michael Robinson, Nick Sikkuark, Darlene Smith, Leigh Smith, Steve Smith

The Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by Indigenous artists from the collection. The exhibition opened on June 19 in time to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

 

 

 

 

Whale Fall

July 2 to September 8, 2019

Nurielle Stern & Nicholas Crombach

In this collaborative exhibition, artists Nicholas Crombach and Nurielle Stern explore subject matter derived from the complex, problematic and often mythologized human relationship to the natural world. The centerpiece of their exhibition is Whale Fall, a large sculptural work consisting of an assemblage of furniture and added ceramic components. The work alludes to a decaying whale carcass, providing a visceral visual metaphor for accumulation, loss and the passage of time. 

The artists acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.


A catalogue accompanying this exhibition is available for purchase in the Gallery Shop or Online.

Image: When you can see right through me (Detail), 2019, Cyanotype prints on silk, x-ray illuminators, soft-paste porcelain, drafting table and found objects. Nurielle Stern & Nicholas Crombach.

 

Image: Hawk Tower  (Detail), 2018, Stoneware, Mixed Media. Chris Pancoe.

En Route
Sculptural Ceramics and Glass Emerging from Manitoba
July 6 to September 8, 2019

Curated by Sheila McMath and Grace Nickel

PJ Anderson, Gayle Buzzi, Grace Han, Terry Hildebrand, Monica Mercedes Martinez, Alana MacDougall, Chris Pancoe, Mary Stankevicius, Peter Tittenberger

The works in En Route focus on contemporary sculpture, installation and performance in ceramics and glass by nine emerging artists with connections to the University of Manitoba. Curators Sheila McMath and Grace Nickel showcase the level of experimentation that is a vital part of contemporary ceramics and glass practice. Artists in this exhibition explore varied themes including identity, colonization, psychology and urbanization and how these themes are linked to ceramic and glass history.

This exhibition is in partnership with the School of Art, University of Manitoba.

 

Images (Top to bottom): LANDSCAPE PLATE (1979), Harlan House, Private Collection; DRAGON TEAPOT (c. 1995), Diane Nasr O’Young, Private Collection; PLATE (1992), Kayo O’Young, Private Collection.

Evocative: The Art of Porcelain
March 30 to June 22, 2019
Guest Curated by Jonathan Smith

Harlan House, Diane Nasr O’Young, Kayo O’Young. An extension of the exhibition features the work of Magdolene Dykstra.

When we speak of porcelain, one of the last images to come to mind is that of landscape.  Especially after years of the hand crafted pot, reminiscent of Bernard Leach, one is more likely to think brown and round. But for centuries, the ceramic world was populated with objects bearing bright images of recognizable decoration that added beauty and meaning to what would otherwise be ordinary, everyday chattel.  From the time of the Group of Seven, who wished to instigate a truly Canadian art, it should come as no surprise that Canadian ceramic artists would incorporate the theme of landscape – from rolling geological features to patterns of water, from wind driven rain and waves – as an inspiration for their work. 

 

Evocative: The Art of Porcelain
March 30 to June 22, 2019
Guest Curated by Jonathan Smith

Harlan House, Diane Nasr O’Young, Kayo O’Young. An extension of the exhibition features the work of Magdolene Dykstra.

When we speak of porcelain, one of the last images to come to mind is that of landscape.  Especially after years of the hand crafted pot, reminiscent of Bernard Leach, one is more likely to think brown and round. But for centuries, the ceramic world was populated with objects bearing bright images of recognizable decoration that added beauty and meaning to what would otherwise be ordinary, everyday chattel.  From the time of the Group of Seven, who wished to instigate a truly Canadian art, it should come as no surprise that Canadian ceramic artists would incorporate the theme of landscape – from rolling geological features to patterns of water, from wind driven rain and waves – as an inspiration for their work. 

Harlan House, Diane Nasr O’Young, and Kayo O’Young each have a different take on their muse that incorporates where they live, but also personal autobiographical details that drive their visions.  Harlan House, born in Vancouver but raised in Calgary, lives in an 1840‘s old stage coach inn on hard rock farmland north of Picton, Ontario.  His garden and his world travels often meet in his sometimes gentle, sometimes politically pointed work.  Diane Nasr O’Young  and Kayo O’Young live on two acres of land snuggled up against the eastern branch of the Humber River, north of Kleinburg, Ontario.  Nasr, born and raised in Trinidad, creates work that is inspired by the lush and fantastical flora and fauna of her childhood.  O’Young carries with him memories of the classic sumi ink drawings of his native China with their veils of colour tinged with the dense woodlands that once surrounded his Ontario house and inspired the work of Tom Thomson. 

This exhibition brings together three different visions, each one personalized, but each rooted in the places, past and present, that inspire them.

Image: Seated Figure (2015), Magdolene Dykstra. Photo courtesy the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Magdolene Dykstra’s Seated Figure (2015), at first suggests a day at the beach, one hundred years ago. This figure is clothed in what appears to be a bathing costume and cap, with only her feet, hands and face exposed. The suggestion of times past, a day at the seaside when life was simpler and time spent in innocent pastimes were the norm, is the first thought that comes to mind. However, the look on the sculpture’s face, the sidelong glance, is telling. One can have an opinion on the interpretation but while the image suggests several scenarios, there is no clear conclusion.

The first glance at the work evokes a nostalgic feeling and a warmth that is seductive – it feels comfortable. Perhaps that is all that is wanted and/or needed. But a longer look questions the element of nostalgia, for nostalgia is a longing for past time or condition that cannot be recovered or perhaps never existed. While evocation and nostalgia are similar, they both are a reminder of the past, and of the two, evocation is the more powerful, as it leads to a more potent understanding of the connection between things and ideas.

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to partner with the Art Gallery of Burlington for this exhibition.

Image: Passage (Detail), Indira Singh. Winner of the Craft Ontario Best in Show Award 2018. Photo: Nicole Waddick

Earthborn 2019
April 6 to June 23, 2019

Earthborn is an annual, juried exhibition of works by members of the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop. Established in 1968, WPW is located in Waterloo Park and occupies the historic Jacob Eby farmhouse, which functions as a work/learn space for members and a teaching facility for the public.

This year’s juror is Bruce Cochrane. He is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and recently retired Professor Emeritus of Ceramics at Sheridan College, where he worked for more than 30 years. During this time, he was instrumental in developing the Ceramic Program’s reputation as one of the best in Canada. Bruce’s studies began at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and continued in Alfred, New York at the New York State College of Ceramics where he received his Masters of Fine Art. Since his graduation in 1978 Bruce has participated in over 300 exhibitions, and shares his knowledge through lectures and workshops throughout North America. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa to name a few. Bruce resides in Toronto and maintains his studio practice in Grey Highlands, Ontario.

Participating artists include: Rosemary Aicher, Anne Beyers, Janette Bogart, Laurie Cowell, Visnja Cuturic, Kelsey Dawson, Judy Donaldson, Stephen Hawes, Hette Hillsdon, Jason L’Abbe, June MacDonald, Angela McKay, Marlen Moggach, Barbara Murphy, Trudy Schulz, Indira Singh, Marty Slimming, Stewart Smith, Eekta Trienekens, Vlodek Tydor, Lynn Winter.

The work of Juror Bruce Cochrane is also on view alongside the juried finalists.

 

Image: Woven Brick (2019). Yesul Elly Cho, Meghan Taylor and Ji Shi.

Material Syntax: 3D Printed Clay
April 28 to June 8, 2019

Exhibition coordinated by David Correa and Yesul Elly Cho

Cutting edge 3D printing technology and ancient materials come together to create innovative architectural solutions. University of Waterloo graduate students from the School of Architecture were challenged to consider how clay, a material that has been used in building for thousands of years, can be used to make new and innovative building construction systems.

With both beauty and performance in mind, each group set up to explore how this highly used building material can be re-invented for the future. While employing their design skills, the students also had to learn about different types of clay, pottery, brick production and 3D printing techniques. Using a state-of-the-art large volume 3D printer and direction from Assistant Professor David Correa, the students worked in groups of three to develop their own vision of what 3DP clay can do as a building component.

The results are a series of 6 innovative wall or façade systems that explore the plasticity, elegance and architectural quality of clay.  The technology allows students to modify every brick individually and can allow for much more complex geometry than would be feasible with conventional brick-making methods. The result is a wide range
of installations, including an archway that can act as a sundial, a wall that
whistles with the wind and an ornamental screen wall.

This exhibition is in partnership with the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo.

 

Fireworks 2017
Organized by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

December 22, 2018 to March 17, 2019

Juried by Sandra Alfoldy & Ione Thorkelsson.

Fireworks 2017 is a celebratory exhibition of hand-crafted works in clay and glass, organized by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. This exhibition stands as a testament to the vitality, originality and inventiveness of today’s practising crafts community – a tribute to those makers who have chosen clay and glass as their mode of self expression, and in some instances, their livelihood.

Participating artists: Rosemary Aicher, Ann Allen, Lindsay Anderson, Barbara Banfield, Eden Bender, Aurelia Bizouard, Alison Brannen, Keith Campbell, Erin Candela, Lisa Creskey, Christine de Takacsy, Courtney Downman, Mark Flink, Grace Han, Puck Janes, Jenny Judge, Jane Klarer-Lackey, Dianne Lee, Lauren Levine, Carol Lim, Hannun Lyn, Terrie MacDonald, Marney McDiarmid, Heidi McKenzie, Debbie McLeod, Paula Murray, Yael Novak, Cynthia O’Brien, Maja Padrov, Genevieve Patchell, Bernadette Pratt, Deanna Sakai, Debra Sloan, Bruce Taylor, Catherine Thomas, Rhonda Uppington, Layne Verbeek, Gabriela Wilson, Carol Wong, Heather Wood, Renee Woltz, Marlene Zagdanski.

FUSION thanks the following contributors and sponsors:

Gilda Goodman
Waterloo Potters’ Workshop
Derek Chung Communications

 

Images (Top to Bottom): Every Day I Think of You, 2018, Pattie Chalmers; Mother’s Garden (Detail), 2018, Julia Hepburn; The Tree House Project, 2015, Jennie Suddick.

Suburbia
Pattie Chalmers, Julia Hepburn, Jennie Suddick

January 12 to March 17, 2019

Curated by Sheila McMath

Our domestic experience is defined by the details – a carefully chosen wallpaper pattern, a table set for an evening meal, a small vegetable garden in the backyard, a balcony with an amazing view, a tree-fort that is perpetually ‘under-construction’. The artists in this exhibition explore where we live and how we define a home.

With a cautious nostalgia, artist Pattie Chalmers borrows imagery from the mid 20th century to create ceramic tableaus that are simultaneously familiar and unsettling. Julia Hepburn creates small dream-like dioramas made of polymer clay and mixed media. Her works are distinctive for their strong psychological quality and elusive narratives. Remembering and re-creating the ‘magical’ spaces of childhood, like blanket and tree forts, Jennie Suddick opens up the definition of home to include communal, ‘do-it-yourself’ spaces whose distinction and power is in their impermanence.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a contribution from:

 

 

 

Tide (detail), 2015, Kanika Gupta.

Surrender
Kanika Gupta
January 12 to March 17, 2019

In partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to feature the ceramic works of Toronto artist Kanika Gupta. Gupta’s experience of working with clay has mirrored her personal journey of finding her way, following a brain injury that abruptly disrupted her life.

Surrender is a uniquely accessible exhibition that encourages visitor engagement through tactile works, didactic signage in large-print, accommodations to lower heights and the opportunity to respond and make a contribution to the exhibition itself. We request that you assist us in making this a scent-free space and refrain from wearing scented clothing or perfumes.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a contribution from:

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Embodiment

30 Years of Sculpture by Susan Low-Beer

September 23 to December 31, 2018

Place of Becoming, Installation at the Art Gallery of Algoma, 2016, Susan Low-Beer.

Co-curated by Jasmina Jovanovic and Stuart Reid, Embodiment is a 30-year retrospective of ceramic sculpture by Governor General’s Award-winning artist Susan Low-Beer. The exhibition examines more than three decades of the artist’s practice. Recurring themes include identity and mortality as well as the simultaneous power and vulnerability of the body.

Also on view is an adjoining exhibition of new works from Low-Beer’s Specimen series, curated by Sheila McMath.

Susan Low-Beer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Mount Allison University and her Masters of Fine Arts in the United States at the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a major in painting. She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She currently teaches and works in Toronto.

Susan Low-Beer presented an artist talk on Saturday, September 22 at 7pm.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Algoma and generously funded through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program. Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.  

This exhibition has been made possible in
part by a contribution from
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Teapot by Judy Donaldson. Winner of the Craft Ontario Best in Show Award 2016.

EARTHBORN 2018
September 23 to December 16, 2018

Earthborn is an annual, juried exhibition of works by members of the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop, a non-profit co-operative organization celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Established in 1968, WPW is located in Waterloo Park and occupies the historic Jacob Eby farmhouse, which functions as a work/learn space for members and a teaching facility for the public. This year’s juror is Scott Barnim, a Dundas-based potter. Barnim obtained his MFA in Ceramics from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, School of Art and Design, Wales, and in 2016 received the lifetime achievement award from the City of Hamilton Arts Awards.

Participating artists’ artwork is accompanied by the work of past Juror’s, including 2018 Juror Scott Barnim. Juried artists: Rosemary Aicher, Anne Beyers, Carol Blake, Laurie Cowell, Judy Donaldson, Harriet Falk, Stephen Hawes, Hette Hilsdon, Jason L’Abbe, Claudia Lambert, June Macdonald, Joanne Makulski, Marlen Moggach, Trudy Schulz, Indira Singh, Stewart Smith, Connie Straicher, Jacqueline Tate, Eekta Trienekens, Cynthia Trombley, Dorothea Tutte, Nicole Waddick and Daphne Wang.

Earthborn reception and awards ceremony was held on Sunday, September 23 at 1:30pm.

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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:  

     

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January 14 to March 18, 2018

Trajectories

Curated by Sheila McMath

Steel Blue Gossamer Vases, 2017. Julia Reimer. Photo: John Dean

For the winter 2018 season, the Gallery presented an exhibition of the curated works of seven artists who won the RBC Award for Glass between 2008 and 2016. They are Benjamin Kikkert, Ito Laïla Le François, Aaron Oussoren, Julia Reimer, Brad Turner, Cheryl Wilson Smith, and Rachael Wong. The exhibition featured new work by these artists, illustrating the growth in their artistic practice and output stimulated by winning the prestigious award.

These artists, in addition to sharing the distinction of winning the RBC Award for Glass, also share a commitment to the exploration of glass as an experimental and seductive medium. While some of the artists in this exhibition made use of traditional glass manipulation techniques including casting, blowing, sandblasting and pâte de verre, others incorporated the investigation of 3D printing and digital manufacturing methods into their practice.

                               This exhibition has been made possible in part by a contribution from: 
The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund.

 

 

 

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Cultural Topographies:
The Complexities of History and Identity in Canada

April 9 to August 24, 2017

Curated by Julie René de Cotret

This exhibition featured concept-driven artworks in ceramic and glass that explore identity, culture and history in Canada. Exhibiting artists included: Ann Beam, Adrian Blackwell, Laurent Craste, Chris Curreri, Léopold L. Foulem, Mathieu Grodet, David R. Harper, Sarah Maloney, Kelly Mark, Nadia Myre, Tasman Richardson and Tim Whiten.

Watch this video by Terry O’Neill

These artworks are outstanding examples of the potential of ceramic and glass art works to examine the complexities of our culture, inspiring fresh perspectives and new considerations.

Some of the artists featured in this exhibition have chosen to focus on specific historical markers and some on the evolution of our cultural voices in their broader context demanding that we contemplate their origins. Every work highlights the complexity of our habitus and the inherent potential for our betterment. In doing so they further define our identity.

The hierarchical categorizations and divisions imposed between art and craft are re-examined in this exhibition. Léopold L. Foulem, whose conceptual ceramic practice is principal to the development of this exhibition, once said, “matter doesn’t matter”,  addressing the tendency of the art world, for example, to assign greater value to works made of bronze than to those in ceramic. The conceptual contributions of crafts to the arts are seldom recognized.

These artworks were selected for their aesthetic and conceptual value. In the context of this exhibition, the works embody the important contributions of craft concept to art, specifically in the fields of sculpture and installation. The craft concepts explored by these works are those of containment, and of the object as frame.

 

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January 15 to March 19 2017

Christopher Reid Flock: Integration/Disintegration


 

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Integration/Disintegration Cup Saucy #4, 2016. Christopher Reid Flock.

As an experimental ceramic artist, Christopher Reid Flock’s work is profoundly influenced by the significant time that he spent in Japan and the mentorship that he received from some of Canada’s most respected potters. Among other accolades, Flock was the recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Gardiner Museum Permanent Sculpture Competition in 2016. Flock lives and has a studio in Hamilton, Ontario.

Although this ambitious exhibition included some works from Flock’s earlier career, it featured more prominently his large-scale, installation-based works that whimsically play with notions of function while merging rapid prototyping with classical clay process. Integration/Disintegration included six main bodies of Flock’s work.

A companion exhibition called Mentorship: Harvest, Flow, Ferment featured selected works by Flock’s most influential mentors, Bruce Cochrane, Diane Nasr O’Young and Kayo O’Young. Works for this exhibition have been borrowed from private collections across Canada as well as through a significant loan from the Art Gallery of Burlington.