job posting: Executive Director @ Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery


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2017 Annual Report

2018-2021 Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Start Date: August 1, 2018



The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery seeks a dynamic, inspiring Executive Director to lead this contemporary ceramic and glass gallery as it grows and develops new audiences with greater outreach into the community, and onto the national and the international stage. The Executive Director will work to fulfil the Gallery’s artistic vision, tell its story, advocate publicly for the Gallery and lead development efforts to support the expansion of its programs and to ensure the Gallery’s financial stability.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and mentoring a dedicated team of staff professionals, and for building strong collaborative relationships with other galleries and community partners, locally and in a wider context. The Executive Director will effectively manage the operation of the Gallery, adhere to Board policy and carry out its strategic vision. The Executive Director will report to a committed and engaged Board of Directors.


With an emphasis on Canadian artists, the Gallery brings exhibitions to the public that are grounded in craft processes, engaged in contemporary experimentation and meaningful to diverse audiences. By exhibiting and collecting contemporary works in ceramics and glass, the Gallery inspires dialogue, critical discourse and new ways of thinking. The Gallery is committed to supporting artists at all stages of their career, from emerging to established, and actively seeks to feature artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Gallery’s media specificity is its distinguishing characteristic and greatest strength. Through exhibitions that address issues relevant to our times and intriguing public programs that engage, educate and inspire, we are accessible to all. The Gallery Shop, a fine-craft gallery in its own right, is an integral part of the Gallery, featuring exclusively Canadian artists from across the country. Having adopted a national mandate in the early stages of its organizational development, the Gallery continues to develop its reputation as a national centre of research, scholarship and artistic excellence.


The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery opened in 1993 in a purpose-built, award-winning building designed to showcase contemporary Canadian ceramic and glass art. Now in its 25th year, it has recently undergone a $1.3 million renovation to bring the Gallery to a new standard of excellence. The Gallery is supported by the City of Waterloo, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, along with corporate, foundation and individual funders.


The Gallery is located in Waterloo Region, an area of entrepreneurship, collaboration, fresh ideas, innovation, world-class technology, arts activity, economic initiatives and educational excellence on a world-class scale. Waterloo is one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.


The successful Executive Director will raise the profile of the Gallery locally, nationally and internationally; lead its artistic vision; implement its recently completed Strategic Plan; lead its next level development and fund-raising; lead connections with other galleries; lead the Gallery to more diverse audiences; communicate the Gallery mandate; advocate for the Gallery; incorporate a digital strategy into the Gallery’s offering; and manage all administrative and functional assets of the Gallery.


  • 5-10 years experience as a senior manager in an visual arts institution
  • advanced degree in arts/arts administration or equivalent education or experience
  • in-depth knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international art
  • in-depth knowledge of best practices for Gallery management
  • strong leadership and mentorship skills and the ability to lead a team
  • the ability to forge innovative collaborations with other galleries and community partners
  • creativity and ability to develop programming to reach a wider, more diverse audience and engage with them in a meaningful way
  • demonstrated experience in securing major gifts and stewarding donor relationships
  • an optimistic problem-solver

Interested applicants are invited to submit, in confidence, a letter of application, and a detailed résumé outlining their qualifications for this position, along with names, titles, and contact information for their three professional references.

Canadians, permanent residents, and/or foreign nationals with a valid work permit will be given priority consideration. The Gallery is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from culturally diverse persons, Indigenous persons, Deaf persons and persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Applications should be submitted electronically in a single PDF file to the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Executive Director Search Committee at:

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements of the position.

Christopher Reid Flock: Integration/Disintegration @CDN Clay and Glass Gallery

Artist Talk, Christopher Reid Flock: January 14, 2017 • 7:30pm
Opening Reception: January 15, 2017 • 2-5pm with remarks at 2:30pm

Follow Christopher Reid Flock on Instagram and Facebook. There’s a good chance there will be a live video of the artist talk on Facebook.
As an experimental ceramic artist,
Christopher Reid Flock’s work is profoundly influenced by the
significant time that he spent in Japan and the mentorship that he
received from some of Canada’s most respected potters. Among other
accolades, Flock was the recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for
Ceramics in 2014. Although this ambitious exhibition will include some
works from his earlier career, it will feature more prominently his
large-scale, installation-based works that whimsically ‘play’ with
notions of function while merging rapid prototyping with classical clay

A companion exhibition will feature works by Flock’s mentors Bruce Cochrane, Diane Nasr O’Young and Kayo O’Young.

September at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery: Julie Oakes and Paul Mathieu

Julie Oakes: Awestruck Calendar of Ecology  
Paul Mathieu: Flower Vases with Flowers in a Vase

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 20

Join us this Sunday to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibitions. Julie Oakes will present an Artist Talk at 1:30pm followed by the Opening Reception at 2:30pm. Members receive 20% off in the Shop all day.
Following her hugely successful Swounds exhibition in 2012, Julie Oakes returns to the Gallery with her new exhibition of sculptures and installations, Awestruck Calendar of Ecology.
Her work explores themes of spirituality found in nature while
addressing ecological concerns about the sustainability of the planet.
Awestruck Calendar of Ecology is made possible in part by a contribution from the The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation – The Musagetes Fund.

In Flower Vases with Flowers in a Vase,
Paul Mathieu has created multiples of Matisse’s 1927 sculpture head
“Henriette.” Here, he flips the heads over and repurposes them as vases
onto which he creates various reproductions of famous still-life
paintings of ceramic vases with a bouquet of flowers.

Grace Nickel: Arbor Vitae @ The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

January 18 to March 15, 2015

Arbor Vitae is a body of work resulting from an intensive two
years of research including artist’s residencies in Jingdezhen, China,
exploring fabric formwork at the Centre for Architectural Structures and
Technology, and experimenting with fabrication technologies at
AssentWorks in Winnipeg.
Incorporating Rapid Prototyping technologies into her work, Grace Nickel’s
large-scale porcelain tree sculptures and installations negotiate the
relationships between the natural and the fabricated, rural and urban,
the austere and the embellished, growth and decay, and life and death.
Her newest work advances her investigations of natural forms pitted
against artificial construction and surfaces separated from and
reintegrated with forms.

Grace Nickel is a practicing ceramic artist who teaches at the University of Manitoba.

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Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
25 Caroline St. N, Waterloo, Ontario

Opening reception Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Grace Nickel, Host, 2015. Photo by Michael Zajac.