Save Inspirations Studio!


Inspirations studio is a unique hybrid social enterprise/self-employment program for women who have been impacted by poverty, trauma, homelessness, mental and physical health or addiction issues. Through the making and selling of their pottery, members gain stability, a sense of community, supplemental income, a creative practice and a new way to see themselves.

We are heartbroken to share that Inspirations Studio is facing imminent closure.  For 23 years, the ceramics-based program has supported hundreds of low-income women who have been impacted by poverty, homelessness, addiction, trauma, and mental health issues. Please consider supporting Inspirations Studio on their CandaHelps fundraising page: 

The fundraising campaign will raise funds for rent and studio supplies so the members can continue to access a creative space, generate income and maintain a sense of meaning and purpose. Inspirations Studio is a one-of-a-kind program and has provided scores of women with a lifeline for 23 years. It would be a tragedy to let it come to an end in such a short time.  Thank you for your support and for spreading the word!



$10,000 Awards for Emerging Ceramic and Glass Artists!
Are you an emerging artist? Do you want to develop your artistic practice? We have two opportunities for you!

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is calling for submissions to the 2015 RBC Award for Glass and Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.

These prestigious national awards allow practising early career ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice. The winner of each Award will receive $10,000. The selection is made by a jury comprised of respected contemporary glass and ceramic artists and other arts professionals. Winners will be celebrated and the awards presented at a gala event in Waterloo Ontario on November 14, 2015.

To be eligible for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics or the RBC Award for Glass, artists must be Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident status. They must have developed skills through training and/or practice in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions) and be recognized by other artists working in the same artistic tradition. Successful candidates seek payment for their work and actively practice their art. All applicants have maintained a professional practice for no more than 10 years prior to the date of application.

Application Guidelines:

To download the complete guidelines for the RBC Award for Glass or the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, visit In order to be considered, applications for either award must be received electronically by Monday, September 14, 2015.

About the Awards:

The RBC Award for Glass is supported by RBC as part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project. The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by the Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.

Past recipients of both awards truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic and glass artists in Canada. Christopher Reid Flock of Hamilton, Ontario was the winner of the 2014 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Cheryl Wilson Smith of Red Lake, Ontario was the winner of the 2014 RBC Award for Glass.


Contact Information:

For additional information, please contact Sheila McMath, Curator at

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
Galerie canadienne de la Céramique et du Verre
25 Caroline Street North
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 2Y5

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