The Many Shapes of Clay

Posted On Thursday July 29, 2021

The City of Waterloo Museum is ready to reopen its doors and welcome back visitors. 

What: The Many Shapes of Clay
Where: City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall (near the food court)
When: August 3, 2021 to April 2022 

Throughout history, skilled artisans from every corner of the globe have magically transformed a simple lump of clay into objects that are so much a part of human existence. Decorative or functional, clay items convey the traditions and stories of a culture. Early potters learned their craft and decorating traditions in family-run operations that spanned many generations and centuries. Despite the amazing diversity of the world’s clay traditions over time, there is a shared universality in pottery shapes, glazes, decorations, and techniques between cultures. 

The exhibit will present a selection of over 75 historic ceramic pieces from the collection that illustrate the unique blend of cultural influences, and a diverse array of styles from around the world. Examples of ordinary wares produced by early village potters will be showcased together with distinctive pieces created by early ceramic artists. 

This cultural diffusion or spread of ceramic ideas from one part of the world to another is in full view in The Many Shapes of Clay. Join us as we dive into our collection to share these stories shaped in clay. 


About the City of Waterloo Museum 

Popular for ever-changing exhibitions and offering access to Waterloo’s premier shopping centre (Conestoga Mall) at its doorstep, the City of Waterloo Museum explores the hometown history of Waterloo and the stories we have to share. The City of Waterloo Museum is the place to discover an array of historical objects, art and artifacts that tell the story of Waterloo from its founding in 1806 to the present day. The museum features a main gallery containing fabulous items from its sizeable holdings of over 15,000 objects, including the restored 1919 Pierce Arrow Seagram Whisky delivery truck, and provides various elements to learn about and celebrate all things Waterloo!


Exhibition hours are: 

Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Admission is always free.


COVID-19 pandemic protocols 

Anyone who is unwell, has a temperature, left Canada over the last 14 days or has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is asked to not visit the museum.

As part of the provincial directive for museums, visitors are required to register when they arrive. In addition:

  • Visitors will be required to wear a face covering;
  • A member of the museum team will greet visitors upon their arrival; and
  • Signage and physical distancing markers will be posted. Please adhere to these guidelines.


For more information, please call Karen VandenBrink, manager, museum & archival collections at 519-885-8828 or visit


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