25 Caroline St N
N2L 2Y5
Phone: 519 746 1882
Fax: 519 746 6396
Website: http://www.canadianclayan

Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery fosters interaction among artworks, artists and community.
The CCGG is recognized nationally for its critically acclaimed exhibitions, lectures, conferences, classes, workshops, tours, and specialized library, archive, and research centre. It is home to an extensive and ever expanding collection of historical and contemporary Canadian ceramic, glass and enamel art which conserves and promotes a rich and active component of our Canadian cultural heritage.
A highly desired destination for local citizens and tourists annually, the Gallery's impressive exterior and inviting interior welcomes the young and old to its constantly changing exhibitions of high quality local, national and international artists; its daily demonstrations of artists at work; and its bustling education gallery offering a vast array of classes and workshops, and tours.
The Gallery is governed by an enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable group of volunteers and managed by a full complement of excellent staff. The broad base of local support from individuals, corporations and governments makes the Gallery a model for community ownership and stable funding.
In this era of rapidly advancing technology, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery offers a refreshing opportunity to encounter an environment that steps away from mass production and allows us to appreciate creative traditions and production techniques that have remained basically unchanged for over 2000 years. It reminds us of our ancient past, while presenting us with contemporary links to our creative future, and observing the necessity and appreciation of the handmade object.
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 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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The following exhibitions will open Sep 9th & close on January 13, 2008

-Judy Chicago
-Yuichiro Komatsu
-Don Maynard
-Maurice Savoie (closes Nov 11)

Previous Exhibitions

Frozen Moments: Jacqueline Berting April 15 to June 3, 2007
The Painted Room: Chris Dorosz April 15 to June 3, 2007
Kokoro: Miyuki Shinkai April 15 to June 3, 2007
Miracle of Glass: 3,500 Years of Creative Work April 15 to June 3, 2007
Aspects & Excess: Shary Boyle January 14th to April 8, 2007
Stumbling Home from Banff: Stuart Reid January 14th to April 8, 2007
small artifical fields: Robert Youds January 14th to April 8, 2007
Somewhere Over the Rainbow January 14th to February 11, 2007

Death, Sex & God: Paul Stankard September 10, 2006 to January 7, 2007
Into the Woods: Jane Buyers and
Mary Catherine Newcombe
September 10, 2006 to January 7, 2007
Laughing Owl The Way: Maija Peeples September 10, 2006 to January 7, 2007
Mutatione Mirabili September 10, 2006 to January 7, 2007

Exhibitions (18)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

New exhibitions opening on January 27, 2008

-Ruth Chambers
-Waterloo Potter's Workshop
-Paul Matosic
-Vanessa Yanow


$10 for Adults, $5 for Students and Seniors

Opening hours

Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1 to 5pm
Monday: Closed
Open Free Thursdays 5-8pm

Getting there

Driving Directions: Map of 25 Caroline Street N Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5, CA

From 401 East or West: 1 hour from Toronto; 1 hour from London. From Hwy 401 take Hwy 8 West to Kitchener-Waterloo. Follow exit for Hwy 7 East Hwy 85 North (Conestoga Parkway) to Waterloo. Take Bridgeport Road West to Waterloo City Centre. Cross Albert Street (6th light). Bridgeport Road West becomes Caroline Street North at Albert. Keep right. The Gallery is on the right at Dupont Street which is also highlighted by the Perimeter Institute (PI) sign. Parking is available behind the building. Please use Gallery designated parking spaces only.

If you get to Erb Street you have gone too far. Turn left at Erb, bear left onto Albert Street and left again at Caroline. Keep right and try again.

Ample parking is available behind the CCGG off Dupont Street.
Tour buses may drop off passengers beside the Gallery on Dupont Street.

From QEW: 2 hours from Niagara Falls/Buffalo ~ Take QEW to Hwy 403 West. 403 West to 6 North (Guelph). 6 North to Hwy 401 West. Follow directions, above from 401.

From Stratford: 45 minutes. Take Hwy 7 & 8 to Kitchener/Waterloo. Exit at Fischer-Hallman Road and turn left (north). Turn right at Erb Street West. Cross light at Caroline Street (the Gallery is on your left) and bear left onto Albert Street. and take second left at Caroline. Keep right. The Gallery is on the right immediately past Silver Lake.


The Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

The Gallery's Gift Shop is regarded as one of the area's most desirable shopping destinations, and provides an opportunity for Canadian artists to display and market their art, while offering the public an opportunity to acquire the finest works by established artists. Choose a unique gift from our wide selection of all Canadian-made art work. All items are made from clay, glass, stained glass or enamel.
In the Gallery Gift Shop you will find something to please every taste - from the fine production pieces to magnificent and unique sculptures made by Canada's finest artists.

Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1 to 5pm
Monday: Closed

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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The objective of education programs at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is to offer the visiting public a rewarding and meaningful experience of the silica arts. Through various initiatives we:

* demonstrate physical and intellectual care of silica-based artifacts through collection, conservation, presentation and interpretation.
* explore the historical and cultural resonance of the silica arts, their traditions and innovations.
* increase familiarity with the terms of processes, materials and forms related to silica-based arts, expanding the visitor's interpretive facility and visual acuity.
* increase understanding through studio-based programming and direct hands-on experience when feasible.
* promote expression, both individual and collective, through the exploration of visual ideas, endorsing the power of artifacts to contain and communicate complex, non-verbal ideas.
* foster dialogue and debate as caring contexts for the art objects and their creators.
* recognize and embrace diversity in both creative origin and audience constituencies.
* develop new audiences.
* provide leadership through excellence and innovation in education research, programming, publication, teacher and docent training, outreach, and museum studies.

We achieve our educational purposes through program activities such as exhibition interpretation, publications, guided tours, courses, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, symposia, conferences, etc. As a public institution, we uphold the principle of equity in access.


Group Tours
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery features a wide variety of exhbitions year-round. Contemporary, local, national, and international artists are highlighted annually in our award winning building designed by Vancouver architects John and Patricia Patkau.
Groups may choose to visit on their own, or take a guided tour of our featured exhibition.

Group Admission Rates:
Self-guided Tours $3.00 per person (Adults, Seniors, and Children over 12 years).
No charge for children under 12 years.
Guided Tours $5.00 per person
Children under 14 must be accompanied by adults in a maximum ratio of 6 children to 1 adult.

Booking Your tour:
* Minimum of 25 guests required or $50.00.
* Minimum of 2 weeks required for booking. A 20% deposit is required upon booking.
* Full payment required 5 business days prior to group visit.
* No cancellations or refunds within 5 business days prior to visit.
* No date or time transfers permitted within 5 business days prior to visit.
* Complimentary admission for escort and driver.


Schools and Community Groups
Students kindergarden through to grade 8 are invited to participate in an exhibition tour and hands-on studio workshop activity. Tours for children and youth are designed to foster a multi-dimensional approach to learning and use the current exhibitions as a starting point. The program is designed to provide an experimental dimension to the school curriculum. It seeks to foster visual and aesthetic literacy by engaging imaginations and encouraging creativity.
We offer class visits annually September to June. School field trips introduce young people to the silica arts and to contemporary artworks. In the tour students discuss formal principles related to visual arts such as texture, colour, and form. We also encourage students to engage with objects to discover personal meaning and cultural significance. In the Studio Workshop students construct an object in a project that is designed for their age level. This will cultivate an improvement in tactile skill and creative problem solving.
The gallery also offers expanded programming for children's community groups such as Brownies, Girl Guides, Scouts, Cubs, Big Brothers and Big Sisters. These visits are scheduled in the evenings. The group is given a tour of the current exhibition as well as an opportunity to construct an object in the studio workshop.


Play with Clay Sundays from 1 to 4 pm
Choose one of two sessions: Seating 1 starts at 1pm and Seating 2 starts at 2:30pm
Price: $5.00 per participant
Play With Clay is a great way to spend Sunday afternoon for all ages. Due to the popularity of this program, we are adding an additional session each day. Chose from one of two Sunday afternoon seatings: 1 to 2:15pm and 2:30 to 4pm. Participants go through the entire process of creating a unique work of art in clay. Sorry, no group reservations.


Summer Camp and March Break
The gallery also offers week long Art Activity Camps in the summer and over March Break. Children and youth between the ages of 7 - 11 register for week long sessions with a variety of arts activities. An array of contract guest instructors host three-hour teaching sessions in the morning and afternoons. Sculpture making with clay is the program's main feature. Contact the Education Department for details about the multi-disciplinary programming.


Many to One - Youth Ceramic Project


Please see the website for our up to date adult programme listings http://www.canadianclayandglass.ca/Adult.html


Become a Member and make yourself at home with the innovative masterpieces of Canada’s established and up-and-coming clay and glass artists.
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery only public art gallery in Canada dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and preserving contemporary clay, glass, stained glass and enamel objects. In addition to changing displays of works from its permanent collection, the Gallery presents a broad range of outstanding temporary exhibitions, including the work of local and national artists, traveling exhibitions and works on loan from other Canadian institutions.

Your Membership is an affirmation that art does inspire! It contributes to:
Care and expansion of the Gallery’s Permanent Collection
Exhibitions and Artists Fees
Education and public programmes for children and adults
The cultural vitality of our community

Membership entitles you to:
free admission to exhibitions
advance notice and invitations to exhibition openings, artist talks and special events
10% discount in Gift Shop
special Members’ shopping days with extra discounts
discounts on most educational programs and classes
subscription to The Spiral - CCGG’s quarterly newsletter
e-News updates
recognition in our Annual Report
right to vote at Annual General Meeting
volunteer opportunities
10% discount at selected local restaurants and establishments

Prices start at only $25, please see the website for full pricing plan.


Judy Chicago, one of the most famous living artists in the world today, is coming to the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (CCGG) in Waterloo, September 9, 2007. Chicago in Glass marks the first major survey of her work in Canada since 1980 and CCGG is extremely fortunate to be the only Canadian venue for this show. Chicago is recognized for the convention-shattering content of her art in such monumental works as the Holocaust Project and The Dinner Party, widely regarded as one of the most significant installations of the 20th century, which in March became the centerpiece of the new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Chicago in Glass is a showing of the artist’s new body of work in glass and focuses on the corporeal and symbolic role of the human hand and gestures, but will also include the magnificent 5’h x 16’w Rainbow Shabbat (shown below), both addressing multiculturalism. This will truly be the most prestigious and highest profile exhibition ever mounted in the Region and will play a pivotal role in the economic growth and vibrancy of the community. Please consider becoming a part of Chicago in Glass and this unparalleled opportunity for CCGG to distinguish itself as an internationally recognized centre for contemporary art. To discuss your support, join us at the Preview Dinner for an exceptional opportunity to meet this great artist or book tickets for Judy’s Artist Talk please contact Rosemary Noakes, Director of Development, 519-746-1882 ext.227 or development@canadianclayandglass.ca

Venue hire

For those looking to host a memorable event, The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is an excellent venue choice. Your guests will be surrounded by one of a kind pieces made by talented artist from across Canada and beyond. The building itself is an award winning architectural gem, with interior spaces beautifully planned and laid out. Due to the rotating schedule of exhibitions and events put on in the individual Galleries, the interior landscape will provide a different backdrop for every event.
With a wide variety of spaces available to rent, we can accommodate almost any event. The main floor of the Gallery, which includes the Education Gallery, The Shantz Gallery, The Bierstock Gallery, and the Mutual Tower Gallery, is suitable for large standing receptions, fundraising events, or seminar groups in need of break out areas. The main Gallery is our most popular rental space. Incorporating the Shantz Gallery, the Bierstock Gallery and the Mutual Tower Gallery, it is an ideal setting for standing receptions, large lecture groups, or sit down dinners. The Douglas T. Wright Education Gallery is a smaller space, suitable for more intimate events, such as smaller lecture groups, receptions or business meetings. The Ann Roberts Archival Centre is our smallest room. With a seated capacity of 12, it is ideal for small meeting groups, seminars and presentations.