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The Weight of Clay


Craft Pottery & ceramics Visual arts
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Art Gallery of Burlington - Lee-Chin Family Gallery

1333 Lakeshore Road

Burlington, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


How heavy is the weight of clay? 

Over the last forty years, the AGB has amassed the largest comprehensive collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world, totaling more than 4,000 works. This year, we celebrate the anniversary with The Weight of Clay, an exhibition and programming series honouring the artists, curators, educators, volunteers, and donors who have built the gallery’s holdings and contributed to the intellectual growth of ceramics in the country.   

The Weight of Clay presents a broad selection of work in the collection, ranging from functional ware to sculptural installations that illustrate the intersection of technical proficiency and artistic expression, by artists from across the country. The exhibition is not an encyclopedic survey but a more intimate and personal approach to the collection’s history, told via the testimonials, stories, archives, and energies of the artists, curators, gallery staff, collectors, committee members, and clay communities who have, over the decades, demonstrated that the collection truly is a sum of its parts. 

At the center of the exhibition is the selection of forty works by forty artists representing each year in our forty-year history. Looking at the archive of work from 1983 to 2023, the AGB’s Curator Emeritus, Jonathan Smith, compiled a chronological timeline of works illustrating the growth of the collection. From Jim Hong Louie to Brendan Lee Satish Tang, the assembly of works reflects a history of burgeoning techniques and the rise of clay in the country.

Image Credit: Sunmi Jung, Dinner Table, 1993. Hand built low fire talc-based clay, commercial glazes. 53.7 x 66.1 x 49.0 cm. 1995.054.0.1. Purchased through a donation from the Pioneer Group Inc., 1995.



Art Gallery of Burlington

The Art Gallery of Burlington is Burlington’s public art gallery and community centre. We are a place of intersection where creators, cultures and communities meet and share in the wealth of human creativity.

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Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 AM – 9 PM

Thursday to Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM


Art Gallery of Burlington

905 632 7796

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Burlington Culture Days

The Corporation of the City of Burlington Burlington, ON

Celebrate Culture Days in Burlington! Join local artists, cultural professionals and creative organizations to attend free, interactive in-person and online events and activities during the 14th annual Culture Days celebration from Sept. 22...