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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!

Julie Moon, “Wavy Blue Bromeliad”. Porcelaneous stoneware, glazes. 27 x 25 x 11″. Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Permanent Collection. Purchased with the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. 2022.020.001a-b

The Gallery is excited to announce the acquisition of Wavy Blue Bromeliad by Julie Moon for the Permanent Collection. This acquisition was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Elizabeth L Gordon Art Program.

“Wavy Blue Bromeliad” is part of an ongoing series created by Moon that references botanical imagery through a variety of distorted and stylized sculptures combining representation with graphic designs. As Moon states, these sculptures are “a manifestation of how I perceive the natural world, which is often from a distance and through the lens of culture.”

Julie Moon
Julie Moon is a Toronto-based ceramic artist.
Her practice is deeply connected to the process of making, allowing her to connect with things and ideas which manifest in her work.
The results are varied, ranging from figurative and abstract sculpture to functional pottery and accessories.

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’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 Peter Flannery, Curator, at 519-746-1882 ext. 235 or peter@theclayandglass.ca.