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Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics

Calgary Artist wins $10,000 2021 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics!

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is excited to announce that Jocelyn Reid of Calgary, Alberta has won the 2021 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. The finalists of the award are Mitsuo Kimura (Toronto, ON), Matthew O’Reilly (Calgary, AB), and Jessica Sallay-Carrington (Montreal, QC).

The winner and finalists will be featured in a group exhibition at the Gallery from September 11, 2021 to January 9, 2022. A digital exhibition will also be launched on the Gallery’s website in September. The 2020 winner, Joon Hee Kim will also be featured in the Gallery exhibition. Jocelyn Reid will receive the 2021 award and be invited to present a brief artist talk at a reception this fall (held at the Gallery or online pending COVID-19). Stay tuned for updates.

Jocelyn Reid is a ceramic and mixed media artist from Mohkinstsis (Calgary), Alberta. Reid received her bachelor’s degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2013 and has since exhibited her work throughout North America and Europe. Reid has received many awards, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship, as well as individual project grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts. Reid has participated in residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (Montana), The Banff Centre (Alberta), and Guldagergaard ICRC (Skælskør, Denmark). She is currently the Educational Art Technician for Ceramics at the Alberta University of the Arts.

Jovelyn Reid, Rug Burn, 2021, 28”h x 5”l x 29”d, cast porcelain, glaze, flocking, birch, a piece of my parents carpet. Photo credit: Logan Lape.

The 2021 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Amy Gogarty, Maja Padrov, and Susan Surette. On making their selection, the jurors state:

The jury is pleased to recommend Jocelyn Reid for the Winifred Shantz Award. Her porcelain slip-cast objects are technically well-executed and conceptually strong. Her work exhibits maturity, imagination, and attention to detail in production and presentation. She has demonstrated a lively exhibition record and an on-going commitment to professional development including attendance at a number of national and international artist residencies. Her work has been recognized by professional peers through publications and through scholarships and awards granted on regional, provincial and national levels. Her clear and realistic goals for future research point to her deep commitment to exploring a range of processes involving ceramic materials, which will facilitate further conceptual growth. Jocelyn Reid’s ceramics, professional exhibition and research record, and projected direction embody the spirit and substance of the Winifred Shantz Award.

About the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics

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. The winner and up to five finalists are also included in a group exhibition at the Gallery.

Past recipients of the award truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic artists in Canada. Joon Hee Kim of Oakville, Ontario was the winner of the 2020 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) is focused on Granting, Impact Investing and Convening to make measurable and sustainable impacts in Waterloo Region. We collaborate with partners to develop forward-thinking innovative solutions and seize opportunities to meet current and future needs of our community. We enable people, companies and organizations to do more good by making it easy for Fundholders and Donors to give and invest, and for charities to receive money. Gifts are directed to KWCF’s endowed funds that drive positive change in two ways: through grants and impact investments that deliver both financial returns as well as positive social and environmental outcomes. We work with our Fundholders to distribute the income generated through grants to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community. As a leading community-building organization we also work to amplify voices and issues of importance by convening conversations and sharing information, while approaching our work with an equity mindset.

About the Jurors:

Amy Gogarty taught histories and theories of visual arts and ceramics at ACAD in Calgary, Canada, for sixteen years prior to relocating in 2006 to Vancouver, where she works as an independent researcher, artist and writer. She is a maker of functional and sculptural ceramics and the author of over one hundred critical essays, reviews or presentations relating to visual art and craft practice.

Maja Padrov moved to New Brunswick in 1997 from Novi Sad, Serbia, and graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design with diploma in Studio Ceramics. She has been working with clay professionally for the last 20 years as a studio artist, and has worked as a part time instructor at NBCCD. She attended and taught numerous workshops in Canada, United States and Europe, and participated in ceramic residencies in Canada, Hungary, Serbia and France. Maja received several grants and awards from the New Brunswick Arts Board, Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Clay and Glass Association. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is part of public and private collections in North America, Europe and Asia.

Susan Surette is a ceramic artist and historian who teaches ceramic and craft histories at Concordia University, Montreal. She writes books, articles and book chapters on both ceramics and craft theory and gives conference papers on Canadian ceramics nationally and internationally. Her ceramics have been exhibited in museums, galleries and juried exhibitions and are found in public, corporate and private collections.


For additional information, contact Peter Flannery, Curator: 519.746.1882 x235 or