Charlie Larouche-Potvin Wins 2024 RBC Award for Glass

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is thrilled to announce that Charlie Larouche-Potvin of Montréal, QC is the winner of the 2024 RBC Award for Glass! Larouche-Potvin will receive a prize of $10,000 to support the development of his career through the creation of a large-scale work exploring narrative and knowledge.

This year’s runner-up is Jérémie St-Onge of Montréal, QC, who will receive a $5,000 prize to support their practice. We congratulate this year’s finalists, each receiving a $1,000 prize: Dorothée Bouliane (Montréal, QC), Gordon Boyd (Oakville, ON), and Leia Shijie Guo (Calgary, AB).

The 2024 RBC Award for Glass was juried by Susan Edgerley, Tyler Rock, and Aaron Schey. The RBC Award for Glass is Canada’s singular and most important prize awarded to emerging artists in glass, highlighting and celebrating new Canadian talent. This year the jurors were impressed by the strong applications and wholeheartedly congratulate the winner, runner up and finalists. Recognizing the work of winner Charlie Larouche Potvin, they particularly appreciated his exquisite technical skills and deep understanding of historical Venetian glass within a contemporary exploration of the drinking vessel form. They also awarded Jérémie St-Onge with the runner-up prize for his innovative research project exploring landscape with blown glass. Overall, the wide range of creative approaches and techniques of all applicants reveals the strength of the emerging glass talent across the country and underscores the importance of the RBC Award to the continued support and development of their professional careers.

Charlie Larouche-Potvin, Une belle histoire, 2023. Blown glass. Photo by Connor Patterson.

The winner and finalists of the RBC Award for Glass will be presented in Emergence, our annual awards exhibition alongside the winner and finalists of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics June 1 to September 8, 2024. Larouche-Potvin will receive his prize at the opening reception to be held on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 2pm.

For more information about this year’s winner and finalists, as well as the RBC Award, visit our website.

About the RBC Award for Glass
The RBC Award for Glass is presented annually by the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and is supported by the RBC Foundation. This prestigious $10,000 award allows practising early-career glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice. One runner-up will receive a prize of $5,000. Up to 3 finalists will also be selected who will each receive a prize of $1,000. Each summer, the winners and finalists of the RBC Award for Glass and Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics will have their work presented in an awards exhibition held at the Gallery.

About RBC Emerging Artists
RBC Emerging Artists supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance an artist’s career trajectory in genres such as visual arts, music, theatre, performance, literature and film. Every year the RBC Foundation donates millions of dollars to hundreds of arts organizations globally to help emerging artists become established.

About the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is a long-standing site of excellence and a destination for contemporary art for international tourists and regional citizens. We present critically acclaimed exhibitions that challenge ideas and perceptions of the definitions of art, craft, and design today. The Gallery is a relevant and dynamic cultural organization providing supportive education programs to people from across the region. Using exhibitions as a starting point, individuals develop arts vocabulary and appreciation and cultivate confidence in their interpretation of contemporary artworks. For more information, visit: www.theclayandglass.ca

Contact
For additional information contact Peter Flannery, Senior Curator & Collections Manager, at 519-746-1882 ext. 235 or peter@theclayandglass.ca.

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