Executive Director & Chief Curator
Denis Longchamps is the Executive Director & Chief Curator at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. From 2013 to 2018, he was the Artistic Director and Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Burlington. He received his PhD in art history in 2009 from Concordia University where he was the administrator of the Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art from 2006 to 2011. Longchamps also taught art and craft history at Concordia University, York University and at Dawson College. He has contributed essays, articles and reviews to magazines and journals such as Espace-Sculpture, Ceramics Monthly, and Ceramics Art and Perception. Recent curatorial projects include the Decorated Surface (2023), Voices (2022) and Confined (2022). He is the co-founder of the Canadian Craft Biennial (2017) that included four exhibitions, two residencies, workshops and an international symposium. He was the publisher and managing editor of Cahiers métiers d’art: Craft Journal (2006-2016). In 2020, Denis was the recipient of the Craft Ontario John and Barbara Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2023, Denis recevied the Barbara A. Tyler Award in Museum Leadership from The Canadian Museum Association.
Curator & Collections Manager
Peter Flannery (he/him) is the Curator & Collections Manager at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. In 2019, Peter completed his Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Guelph. His thesis, The Aesthetics of Collective Identity and Activism in Toronto’s Queer and HIV/AIDS Community, examines the role of art and visual culture produced by Toronto-based artists from the 1970s to the present day in the formation of queer identities and socio-political change during the gay liberation movement and the reduction of stigma and access to treatment in the HIV/AIDS crisis. He has previously worked at the Woodstock Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Guelph, Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, as well as the School of Fine Art and Music and Archival & Special Collections at the University of Guelph. He was the 2018 recipient of the SLSA Edward Bruns Graduate Essay Prize and in 2019 was awarded the Lambda Foundation Scholarship in LBGT Studies.
Public Programs Manager
Shannon Quigley is the Public Programs Manager at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. After completing an MA in Art Gallery & Museum Studies at the University of Manchester, she spent four years running school and community programs at Lakeland Arts in Cumbria, England. From 2017 to 2018 she ran the ‘In The Moment’ Dementia Arts program at Lakeland Arts and has a background in running creative wellbeing programs. She specializes in embroidery and loves making things by hand.
Cheyenne Mapplebeck is the Gallery Coordinator at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. Graduating from the BFA program at The University of Waterloo in 2021, she received both the curator’s choice award and excellence award for her thesis project titled “Red Herring”, which examined the impacts of late-stage capitalism. This installation series involved the creation of many unique, originally designed products which were displayed in a bodega setting. This work sought to question the age-old idea: are we what we consume? In 2023, Cheyenne was the inaugural recipient of the John Fleming Award in Decorative Arts Writing, presented by The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts.
Development & Communications Officer
Alexander Hannides is the Development and Communications Officer at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. He completed a joint Bachelor’s degree in Knowledge Integration and Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, where he specialized in Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Feminist Philosophy, and Pure Mathematics. During his senior year, he worked on a project that examined contemporary archival practices, offering a Feminist critique. This project was inspired by his volunteer work at the Ann Roberts Archival Center, housed within the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. Alexander is a friendly and approachable person, passionate about fostering relationships through human-centered communication and active community engagement.
Katherine Marshall is the Registrar at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. In 2021, she completed her Master’s in Art History at Queen’s University on the history of early modern print collecting and women’s education during the eighteenth century. During her undergraduate studies, Katherine worked as a research assistant on an archaeological excavation in Italy where she discovered her fascination with ceramics. Katherine is passionate about preventive conservation and the care of the collection held in the gallery. She has previously worked at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and volunteered with the Art Gallery of Burlington.
Public Relations and Shop Assistant
William Hlowatzki, Public Relations and Shop Assistant, has been with the Gallery since 2001 as a part-time contractor and then became full time in 2004. William has worked in various service and non-profit organizations his entire career.
Alex Cardy is an Archives Intern at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. He is a graduate of Western’s Master of Library and Information Science program. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History from Queen’s University and brings an appreciation of the importance of historical research to his work in the archives.
Susan McKinnon is a Cataloging Assistant at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. She is also a recent graduate of the Cultural Heritage Conservation & Management (CHCM), Graduate Certificate Program. Susan was awarded the E. John Chard Kawartha Branch of The United Empire Loyalists Award for academic excellence in the CHCM program. Previously, Susan has worked at Medalta in the Historic Clay District and completed a Conservation Internship at the Waterloo Region Museum.
Robert Miniou is the Accounting Administrator at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, with a Bachelor of Math from the University of Waterloo. Formerly, Robert was the controller for Cober, a print and media company. Prior to that, he was the accountant for Machteld Faas Xander, a marketing communications firm. He brings to the Gallery, extensive experience in accounting and sales tax.
Diane Shantz is an award-winning graphic artist with more than 25 years of experience in the editorial department at the Waterloo Region Record and Grand magazine. Diane has worked collaboratively with various stakeholders to ensure tight deadlines were met, created visually appealing page designs on a daily basis, innumerable illustrations as well as marketing material, designed, maintained and updated GRAND website.
Lucy Collington is the shop assistant at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. After completing the Interior Decorating program at Conestoga College, she worked in retail while volunteering in the Gallery Shop. Now a part-time employee, Lucy is also working towards a BA at the University of Waterloo.
Emily Caillin Murphy