About Scott Barnim

Scott Barnim established his studio in 1978. His initial training was a proficient in production studio and finished with a MFA in ceramics from the University of Wales. His work is included in public and private collections internationally. The Barnim Pottery studio production can be found in selected shops and galleries. The studio is located in an 1850 stonehouse and stable in the town of Dundas, West of Toronto. Visit the studio showroom for the best selection and to view custom ordered dinnerware.

Scott Barnim Towards Alchemy

2011 Ceramic Technical-issue 33. Scott Barnim-Towards Alchemy 2007 Fusion Magazine, summer issue
2004 Fusion Magazine, Scott Barnim Lustreware, winter issue.
2002 The Ceramic Surface, Matthias Ostermann, A & C Black.
2002 Fusion Magazine, the Value of Apprenticeship.
2000 Looking Forward, New Views of the Craft Object.
1996 Ontario Craft Nov/Dec issue
1995 Visitors, a Guide to the Essential Hamilton.
1993 Craft News Spring issue
1993 Hamilton This Month Winter issue
1992 Imperial Oil Review June issue
1991 Ontario Craft September issue
1989 Ontario Craft December issue
1987 Ceramics Monthly April
1985 Ceramics Monthly April

Scott Barnim Pottery
15 Park Street East
Dundas, Ontario. L9H1C9

Each year I try to attend the following events

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Muskoka Arts & Crafts
Bracebridge, Ontario

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts
Riverdale Park, Toronto

My work is also available at the following shops and galleries

Ardith One
3311 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario.
L8P 4S8

Art Etc. Burlington Art Centre
1333 lakeshore Road,
Burlington L7S1A9

Circle Arts
14 Bay Street
Tobermory, Ontario

Clay Design
170 Brunswick Ave.
Toronto, Ontario. M5S 2M5

Cornerstone Gallery
255 Ontario Street.
Kingston, Ontario.
K7L 2Z4

Details Past & Present
166 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, PEI

The Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C7

Oxtongue Craft Gallery
R. R. #1, Fox Point Rd.
Dwight, Ontario.
P0A 1H0

The Guild Shop
118 Cumberland Ave.
Toronto, Ontario.
M5R 1A6

Village Studios
24 Downie Street,
Stratford, Ontario.
N5A 1W5
Martha Courtney

Scott Barnim
15 Park Street East
Dundas, Ontario, Canada L9H 1C9
(905) 628-2507


1985 – 1986 Masters of Art Degree in Ceramics (MFA) Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK
My degree work involved the development of colour and surface in soda and salt glazed stoneware, and porcelain. My thesis was historical research; The Re-occurrence of Roman Classical Form (a survey of selected vernacular wares of Western Europe and North America) – 96 pages, 1986)
1973 – 1985 Part-time studies in Ceramics at Mohawk College, full time apprenticeship in the production Studio and Donn Zver, Troy Ontario, summer workshops most notably with the icon of British Ceramics, Mick Casson, Shelia Casson, and Andrew McGarva in 1981.

Professional Experience

Studio Scott Barnim Pottery, 15 Park Street East, Dundas, Ontario.

1978 – 1983 Simply decorated reduction fired stoneware.

1981 – 1987 Salt glazed stoneware based on the traditions of Ontario and New England.

1986 – My current production is extensively decorated stoneware. The Pottery produces a wide range of domestic ware. Since 1980 I have worked with one full-time Potter on staff, and occasionally two. Some employees have worked as apprentices; others were hired as skilled potters. At last count there have been 25 skilled makers work with me in the studio, many who have continued in highly successful careers in ceramics. Concurrent to the regular production, there have been limited ranges of raku, slip decorated earthenware, majolica, cone 6 oxidation and porcelain. My work is sold through gallery exhibitions, selected shops and several outdoor art events. The primary outlet is my showroom at Barnim Pottery in Dundas, Ontario.
2003 – Islamic reduced pigment lusterware is an area of special interest to me. I focus on a limited production of lustre ware spring and fall each year. True lusterware is complex and difficult and a rewarding challenge.


1980 – Present I generally teach one weekend workshop per year, and regularly give evening lectures for potters groups, or as a visiting lecturer at an institution. Here is a condensed list of groups that have invited me to speak, Brantford Potters Guild, Oakville Potters, Burlington Potters Guild, Ontario Crafts Council, Potters Guild of Hamilton, Fusion, The Gardiner Museum, Simcoe Potters Guild, London Potters Guild, Toronto Potters, Art Gallery of Hamilton, George Brown College, Hill Potters, University Women’s Club- Hamilton,

2008 Halliburton School of the Arts, part of the winter program in Ceramics.

2007 Invited to take part in a panel discussion at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in conjunction with “On the Table” Panel was moderated by Harlan house, and included Bruce Cochrane, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, and Sean Kunz.

2004-2005 Ceramic Mentor Project, I worked with a group of eight individual makers as a mentor for a 16-month period finishing with an exhibition at the Burlington Art Centre.

1992-2002 Sheridan College School of Visual Arts, Oakville, Ontario. Part-time faculty member.

2001 University of Wales Institute, Centre for Ceramic Study, Cardiff Wales. Visiting Artist and lecturer.

2000 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Visiting artist and lecturer.

2000 Government of Prince Edward Island. Decorating techniques for potters, a three-day workshop of decorating techniques.
1992 Sherdian College Summer School of the Arts. Week long course in Studio ceramics.
1991 Haliburton Summer School of the Arts. Week long course in Studio pottery and decoration

1997 Society of Decorative Arts, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Member of discussion panels with Timothy Wilson, Ashmolian Museum, Oxford, England, and Meredith Chilton Director-Curator, The Gardiner Museum, Hands-on lecture on the History of Lusterwares with artefacts from the collection

1988 York University, Toronto, Ontario. Ministry of Education: In-Service Program. Two weeks intensive study in ceramic techniques for primary and secondary school art teachers.

1984/1996 Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario. Ceramics instructor, evening classes – all levels.

1978 – 1984 Mohawk College School of Continuing Education, Hamilton, Ontario. Instructor in ceramics foundation to advanced and independent studies.


2008 Ontario Crafts Council, Sponsorship award for the One of Kind show and Sale for Christmas ’09.
2007 Fusion, Juror for the pottery and glass sale.
2005 Juror for the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring exhibition, Bracebridge, Ontario.
2001 Curator, Making Contact, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario.
1996 Juror for a visual arts exhibition at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
1994 Juror for the Ontario Arts Council Crafts Grants.


Selected recent exhibitions. Complete listing is over 140 exhibitions since 1978

2013 Fusion Fireworks
2012 Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art: Connections: Canadian and British Studio Ceramics
Carnegie Gallery: Ignite, Potters Guild of Hamilton and Region
2011 Fusion Fireworks
Burlington Art Centre: Taking Stock, solo exhibition
2010 Burlington Art Centre: Blue
Carnegie Gallery: Homage, Potters Guild of Hamilton and Region
2009 Jingdezhen China International Ceramic Fair: International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition
2009 Blue. An exhibition of selected works from the permanent collection of the Burlington Arts Centre.
2009 Potters and Painters, group show, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario.

2009 China

2009 The art of Function, invitational exhibition, Bainton Gallery, Blyth Festival, Blyth, Ontario.
2008 Potters’ Guild of Hamilton and Region, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario.
2007 Table to Wall, Potters’ Guild of Hamilton, You Me Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario. Award presented for Lustreware bowl.
2007 Out of the Past. Dundas Museum and Archives, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas.
2007 Scott Barnim, Recent work in Lustre. October 5-28, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario.
2007 “On the Table” 100 years of functional ceramics in Canada. The Gardiner Museum, Toronto.
2005 Ceramic Mentor Project, Burlington Art Centre.
2005 Featured Artist, The Guild Shop, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto.
2005 “Celebrate” Group Show, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario.
2005 “From the Ground Up” A pottery retrospective of the Dundas area, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario.
2004 Selections from the Hamilton & Region Potters Guild, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
2004 Designer Crafts, Hamilton and region Arts Council, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario.
2003 “Scott Barnim, Twenty-Five Years”, Shop Gallery, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario.
2003 The Artful Teapot. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.
2002 “Re–Vision”, Solo Exhibition, Shop Gallery, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.
2001 “One Fish, Two Fish” Recent work by Scott Barnim
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario.
2000 “Looking Forward”, Ontario Crafts Council, November 2000. National Trade Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

Permanent Collections

The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario.
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario.
Numerous significant private collections

Volunteer Work

2014 – President, Potters guild of Hamilton and Region
2012 – 2013 Hamilton Arts Awards, steering committee
2008 – 2010 Potters’ Guild of Hamilton and Region, Executive Committee, Program Chair
2006 – Chair of the Dundas and region Studio Guide Committee
1998 – 2003 Program Advisory Committee, Sheridan College School of Craft & Design.
1997 –2006 Board, Dundas Valley School of Art, Planning Chair.
1997 Harbourfront Centre, To Market, To Market. Marketing conference, program planning committee
1995 – 1996 Chair, Crafts Advisory, Ontario Crafts Council.
1991 – 1992 President, Ontario Crafts Council.
1990 – 1991 Acquisitions Committee, Burlington Cultural Centre, Ceramics Collection.
1989 – 1991 Vice President, Ontario Crafts Council.
1987 – 1990 Midwest Regional Director, Regional Development Committee: Organized regional exhibitions.
1979 – 1985 Potters Guild of Hamilton & Region, Executive committee member in various capacities.


2001/1996/1989 Ontario Arts Council – Grants to individual Craftsperson’s.
1998 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition assistance
1999 The One of a Kind Hall of Fame Toronto, Ontario.
1995 John Mather Award, Ontario Crafts Council. Outstanding contribution to the crafts.
1998 Ontario Arts Council – Exhibition assistance grant.

Why did I not set up an online shop? Well I may, however for the time being you will just have to do this old-school and contact me directly to place an order. Email is good for starters, and maybe a phone conversation to establish what you’re looking for and what I have here. With handmade studio work it is always going to be different than the piece featured on my website. So write me, call me, I’ll take some photos of what I have on hand, I can email them back to you and you can confirm your order.

Preparing an order for shipping takes time and materials. I charge fee to cover the cost of packing materials, time spent packing, billing and customs forms for international shipping, and trips to the post office. The fee varies depending on the complexity of the shipment. I can ship worldwide by post or courier.

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