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Collection & Archives

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is home to four collections, each of which are held in public trust. Since the Gallery’s opening in 1993, the collection has grown to encompass a wide range of artworks and objects that first began with the Indusmin Collection, more than one hundred works loaned to the Gallery by Unimin Canada Limited.

We are currently working towards making our collection holdings available online, including works from our Permanent Collection and finding aids for Archival materials. Stay tuned for updates.

If you are interested in supporting the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery’s Collections through donations of artworks or financial support to assist with acquisitions, collections management, conservation, or other opportunities, contact Denis Longchamps, Executive Director, at 519-746-1882 x231 or director@theclayandglass.ca

New Acquisition!

Marissa Alexander, i dreamt i swam with you, 2020. Stoneware, glazes, fired to cone 5. 22.5″ h x 18″ w x 13.5″ d. Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Permanent Collection. Purchased in part through the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. 2021.027.001

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is excited to announce the acquisition of Marissa Alexander’s i dreamt i swam with you for our Permanent Collection. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation.

i dreamt i swam with you was featured in Marissa Alexander’s 2020 exhibition at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, swim with me, presented as part of our Emerging Talent Series. Alexander’s “swim with me” works marked a return to larger vessels, and to the memories and places that make us feel at ease. In the uncertainty and change of the pandemic, “i dreamt i swam with you” immerses us in cool waters and bright flowers that recall summer days spent in rivers and lakes. Formed using a coil-building technique, the vessel expands and contracts, providing a flowing surface for the decoration to spread around all sides of the form. In the hair and bathing suits of the swimming women, Alexander explores her passion for beauty and fashion, while bringing whimsy and pop culture to this piece that creates a contagious image that soothes us with its sense of calm and care-free attitude.

Marissa Alexander
Marissa Y Alexander is an artist currently living and working in Hamilton ON. She builds with clay to make both functional and sculptural ceramic objects. She is very interested in the process of discovering form through coil building and establishing alluring surfaces, creating pattern and narrative to visually describe her vision – vision as something of great beauty – vision as envisioning contemporary life. Marissa received her MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University in 2019 and was previously a full-time Artist-In-Residence at Harbourfront Centre. She has a BA in Sociology from McMaster University and an Advanced Diploma in Craft and Design (Ceramics) from Sheridan College.

Collections & Archives Re-Org

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is currently completing a RE-ORG project to re-organize our Permanent Collection and Archives to ensure the safety and accessibility of current holdings as well as to provide space for future acquisitions within our current Collections vault and Ann Roberts Archival Centre. Using the RE-ORG methods developed by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property and the Canada Conservation Institute, this project will have a lasting impact on our collections and our ability to maintain these important cultural objects for many years to come.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program – Collections Management.

Le Musée canadien de l’argile et du verre travaille présentement au projet de ré-organisation de la collection permanente et des archives afin d’en assurer la sécurité et l’accès de même qu’à créer de l’espace dans la Réserve des collections et au Centre d’archives Ann Roberts pour de futures acquisitions. Nous utilisons les méthodes RE-ORG développées par le Centre international d’études pour la conservation et la restauration des biens culturels et l’Institut Canadien de conservation, ce projet aura un impact durable sur nos collections et sur notre aptitude à maintenir ces objets culturels importants pour les années à venir. 

Ce projet est subventionné en partie par Patrimoine canadien, Programme d’aide aux musées – Gestion des collections.

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery’s Collections Include:

The Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection includes nearly one thousand works of art in ceramics, glass, and copper enameling. Our collections mandate focuses on contemporary works (those produced since 1950) from Canadian artists, although some International and historical pieces are also included in the collection for reference. Most of the works have been acquired from donors and are used in regular exhibitions at the Gallery, for research, or can be loaned to other institutions for exhibition.

The Archives

Housed in the Ann Roberts Archival Centre, the Canadian Clay & Glass Archives includes documents, photographs, and other ephemera from artists who worked in ceramics, glass, and copper enameling. The Archives also includes the Gallery’s institutional archives, which feature materials related to the Gallery’s foundation, history, exhibitions, and building architecture. These materials are for use by researchers and artists in the development of scholarship and the furthering of artistic practice in ceramics, glass, and copper enameling.

The Study Collection

The Study Collection includes works that can be used in the Gallery’s educational programming or for research. Relating to Canadian, as well as international artists, the works in the study collection give researchers and artists the ability to interact with specimens of varying ceramic and glass techniques.

The Sinclair Family Library

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Sinclair Family Library includes books, exhibition catalogues, and periodicals related to ceramics, glass, and copper enameling locally, nationally, and internationally.

For more information about the Gallery’s collection holdings, contact Laura Coady, Registrar, at 519-746-1882 ext. 228 or laura@theclayandglass.ca.