Scott Barnimscott-bio2
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.

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