Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (CCGG) is a public art gallery located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The CCGG is a national gallery exhibiting Canadian silica artwork, including ceramic, glass and enamel work. Its mandate is to be a museum and gallery, and to educate the public.
The CCGG offers classes, tours, lectures and demonstrations, as well as a gift shop showcasing Canadian artists from all over the country. Many of the artists featured in the gift shop are past or present contributors to the exhibitions.
Construction of the gallery began in 1991 and the CCGG opened in June 1993. The building was designed by Vancouver's Patkau Architects, which received a Medal of Excellence for the design under the Governor General's Awards for Architecture program in June 1997. (The building next to the gallery, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, won the same award in 2006.)
In 2005, CCGG was selected to receive the Carl and Ann Beam archives. They consist of letters, journals, and other materials from Carl Beam, the first Native Canadian to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as a contemporary, rather than an ethnographic, art work. The final exhibition that Beam was directly involved with before his death originated at the CCGG and was the first exhibition to feature work by Beam, his wife Ann, and daughter Anong. Other artists that have exhibited their work at the Gallery include Paul Stankard, Chris Heit, Josh Simpson, and famed feminist artist Judy Chicago.