2018 is a year of celebration at Waterloo’s Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

Ground breaking ceremony at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery September 16th, 1989

Ground breaking ceremony at the site of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

June 19th, 2018 marks 25 years since the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery opened its architectural award winning gallery at the corner of Erb and Caroline streets in Waterloo. Its creation was the direct result of the tenacity and vision of local potter and founding supporter Winifred Shantz, ceramic artist Ann Roberts, as well as hundreds of volunteers and supporters. Twenty-five years later, the gallery has become an integral part of the community, and remains the only Canadian art gallery exclusively dedicated to exhibiting and collecting ceramic, glass, enamel and stained glass works of art.

Visitors exploring Samantha Dickie’s All We Can Do is Keep Breathing

The Gallery has been celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2018, with exciting events planned for the Anniversary Weekend June 21 – 24. In keeping with its mandate of engaging, educating and inspiring, the Gallery will feature activities for people of all ages including glass and ceramic demonstrations, hands-on activities and a live kiln demonstration.


DYK: Approximately 4000 children take part in the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery’s educational programs each year



Also part of the Anniversary Weekend, world renowned art critic and curator, Garth Clark, will be on hand for a keynote lecture and marketing seminar. The Gallery has also partnered with FUSION – The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, which will hold its 2018 Conference in Waterloo on the same weekend.

The journey, 2018. Susan Edgerley. Photo by Karl Griffiths-Fulton. Part of the Then, Now and Next exhibition

Two special anniversary exhibitions are currently on display. The Gallery’s Then, Now and Next exhibition features six acclaimed Canadian ceramic and glass artists at various stages of their careers, some of whom have a long history with the Gallery.  Chronicle: 25 Years at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery reflects on 25 years of the people and events that shaped the Gallery’s history. This exhibition is located at the City of Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre (10 Father David Bauer Drive in Waterloo).

The Gallery will be hosting additional events throughout the year including a trip to Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

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