Artist: Scott Barnim
Medium: Persian Lustreware
Dimensions: 4.5'' x 13''
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Scott is among a handful of artists in the western world working in this rare and complex technique of Persian lustreware which dates from the 10th century. As he says, "I am the only one fool enough to attempt this work in North America... lustreware pieces are complicated, expensive to achieve, rare and special."
Scott Barnim established his studio in 1978. His initial training was a proficient in production studio and finished with a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales, UK. His degree work involved the development of colour and surface in soda and salt glazed stoneware, and porcelain.
His current work is extensively decorated stoneware, which is pottery produced in a wide range of domestic ware. Concurrent to his regular works, he produces limited ranges of raku, slip decorated earthenware, and majolica. He also produces reduced Islamic lusterware, a form of pottery that is rare in of North America. His studio line of durable stoneware table/kitchen ware, dinnerware and decorative accessories is inspired by the natural beauty of the Dundas Valley.
His work is included in public and private collections, including Winnipeg, Toronto and other locations in Ontario. The Barnim Pottery Studio production can be found in selected shops and galleries. The studio is located in an 1850’s stonehouse and stable in the town of Dundas, West of Toronto.
More On Lustreware
Lustreware is a type of pottery or porcelain with a metallic glaze that gives the effect of iridescence. It is produced by metallic oxides in an overglaze finish, applying small amounts of metallic compounds (generally of silver or copper) mixed with something to make it paintable (clay or ochre). The piece is then given a second firing at a lower temperature in a reduction kiln, excluding oxygen.
Persian lustreware usually has a combination of a cobalt blue underglaze painting with an overglaze lustre.
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