FUSE Features

FUSE, an ongoing initiative of the Gallery Shop at The Clay & Glass, is a diverse series featuring selected works for sale, created by Gallery Shop artists and special guests.


The Sculptural Teapots of Wayne Cardinalli

September 26 to November 18, 2018

Wayne Cardinalli has been a full-time professional potter for over 50 years. An accident several years ago forced Wayne away from the wheel towards hand building, incorporating strong textural/gestural elements. A whole new way of working and thinking emerged, combining thrown elements with textured slabs. The result is a powerful sense of the artist’s hand working the clay, exploring its sculptural potential while still referencing its functional inspiration.


Image: Bamboo Tree Hut (2016), Waynne Cardinalli. Photo: Jeanne McRight, Pix Photography.




Love Birds

Recent works by Kate Hyde and Thomas Aitken

May 24 to June 20, 2018

To celebrate spring, ceramic artists Kate Hyde & Thomas Aitken have collaborated to create theatrical characters and fantastical birds that delight and inspire. “Spring is a time of hope and a time to celebrate being in love.”


Image: Tulip Vase 1, Kate Hyde and Thomas Aitken.



Transfer of Memory

Recent works by Rosemary Aicher

April 19 to May 20, 2018

Memories passed down through generations naturally fade and lose accuracy. Images can help memories persist, but even these images are ephemeral. In this series of works, artist Rosemary Aicher takes photos and drawings related to memories of her family and transfers them to the apparent solidity and permanence of clay.

Image: Gilder Plate, Rosemary Aicher.



Intertwined; like kin

Recent Works by PJ Anderson

November 23, 2017 to January 31, 2018

In this series of work PJ Anderson explores the fundamental use of pottery and baskets; vessels in which to carry and hold objects and support their weight and the space they occupy. In Anderson’s work, the burnished surfaces are offset by the tightly woven fibers which finish the top half of the work. The surface invites you to touch, invoking a tactile and visual duality which is both appealing and reassuring. “The unifying concept in most of my work…disparate elements woven together, Intertwined; like kin, to make something new to be shared.”


Pâte de Verre: A Delicate Edge

Recent Works by Shay Salehi

August 31 to October 8, 2017

Shay Salehi’s body of work is focused on the fragility and limitations of glass. Using landscape as inspiration, Salehi plays with line, form, colour and texture to capture the delicacy of the material. It is rare to see the material in this fragile state, but in Salehi’s work, the traditional and contemporary merge to create these unique glass sculptures.

Please join us in the foyer exhibition space at the Gallery for the Opening Reception on Thursday, August 31. The event begins at 5:30pm with remarks at 6:00. All are welcome. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the artist will not be in attendance, but will be speaking to attendees via live video chat.


A Bower, Quiet.

Hidden Beings of the Wood 

Sculptural Ceramics by Mary Philpott

May 26 to July 6, 2017

Mary Philpott began her career studying art history and archeology at the University of Guelph. The natural affinity between the subjects led her to an interest in clay. The dark whimsy of her roughly worked creatures enchant and vaguely threaten. Their rough beauty belies their tenderness, recalling the surreal fantasy of Alice in Wonderland, or the urban fairy tales of Charles de Lint or Neil Gaiman.



Recent Works in Glass by Jerre Davidson

March 31 to May 21, 2017

In Erosion, Jerre Davidson’s sculptural glass is a continuing exploration of the relationship between movement, music and the landscape. All changes to the terrain occur through movement, whether by erosion, weathering, or rapid processes such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. This movement is recorded in the lines and rhythms of the landscape, which in turn evoke memories of dance and music. “Movement and music have been an integral part of my early life, and the relationship between dance and the landscape is a primary component of my work.”

Image: Blue Wave, Jerre Davidson



Shu-Chen Cheng
November 25, 2016 to January 15, 2017

Shu-Chen Cheng is a full-time ceramic artist, originally from Taiwan, who now lives and works from her home and studio in Hamilton, Ontario. Her award-winning Raku vessels have been exhibited in galleries and juried shows and her work can be seen in both private and public collections in Canada and abroad. She values the self-realization that can occur while engaging in the creative process. “Each one of us has our own contribution on this Earth, for an artist, it is my goal to pursue excellence through my art.”





Fine Blown Glass Jewellery by Virginia Wilson Toccalin

October 28 to November 20, 2016

Virginia Wilson’s jewellery is an intriguing exploration of both history and nature; the filigrana techniques she uses were mastered by the Venetians over 1000 years ago. Today, Virginia creates complex and shimmering works by a process of fusing, layering, pulling and twisting canes of coloured glass. The result is exceptional adornments inspired by the colours and patterns she observes in nature.


Harbinger of Spring

Recent Works by Andrea Vuletin

May 29 to July 30, 2016

In Harbinger of Spring, Andrea Vuletin’s functional works act as canvases for vibrant botanical illustrations. This imagery references time spent in the garden and results in vessels that bring the outdoors in. Andrea’s floral and insect motifs speak about local biodiversity and a childhood fascination with flora and fauna. “The pieces I most enjoy are those that beg to live outside of the cupboard as objects of inspiration.”



Recent Works by Andrea Piller

April 17 to May 15, 2016

In Landmarks, Andrea Piller’s sculptural hand-built works are ongoing investigations of natural form, aiming to synthesize the organic world and human experience. She is inspired by her immediate landscape, and a recent move from Toronto to the Prince Edward countryside has significantly informed her studio practice.“Nature is the magnificent model, the immediate muse of my designs and imaginings.”

Please join us in the new foyer exhibition space at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery for the Opening Reception of this next fuse exhibition on Sunday, April 17 at 2pm. The artist will be in attendance and all are welcome.


Andrea Piller (b.1960, Toronto On) graduated from the Ontario College of Art where she studied drawing and ceramics. Her sculptural hand built works are ongoing investigations of natural form, aiming to synthesize the organic world and human experience. A recent move from Toronto to the Prince Edward countryside informs her studio practice. She is the recipient of numerous art awards and Ontario Arts Council grants. A highly experienced mentor artist educator she shares her enthusiasm and knowledge for visual arts and creative fluency to children and youth.

Exhibitions include Still Life-Landscape, Burlington Art Gallery, Life taking Shape, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art,  Fire and Earth, Itabashi Art Museum, Itabashi, Japan, Nocturne Craft Ontario, Toronto. Her work is held in private, corporate and museum collections across Canada including  Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. She is represented by David Kaye Gallery in Toronto.

Clay in Motion

Recent Works by Heidi McKenzie

November 8 to December 13, 2015

Clay in Motion is comprised of two bodies of work, Anima and Maru. In the series Anima, bands of thrown and altered clay are coaxed into kinetic rhythms. Each piece drives toward resolution. Maru [circle in Japanese] is a series of interlocking toric vessels depicting community engagement and growth. Each piece is intensely personal, while at the same time seeking to express the universal experience of “living the dance.”
Please join us in the new foyer exhibition space at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery for the Opening Reception of the inaugural FUSE exhibition on Sunday, November 8 at 1pm. The artist will be in attendance and all are welcome.


Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. She comes to clay after two decades of arts management and production in the broadcast industries. Heidi holds an MFA from OCADU (2014), and Diploma from Sheridan (2012). In 2009, Heidi returned to her father’s ancestral home of India to complete a ceramic apprenticeship at the foothills of the Himalayas. In 2011 Heidi received the Emerging Artist Award at Toronto Artists Project, and in 2012 exhibited at the Toronto International Art Fair. In 2013, Heidi was funded by the OAC to create in Jingdezhen, China and in Bali, Indonesia. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including biennales and Romania, Hungary. Most recently, she completed a residency at Guldagergaard International Centre for Ceramic Research, where her work was acquired for the Centre’s permanent collection and toured to Italy. Heidi’s studio practice engages issues of identity and belonging. A key element of Heidi’s work is “static motion.” She integrates both wheelwork and slipcasting in abstract portraiture and representation, often incorporating coloured clays to capture the complexity of subject and idea.