Annapolis Valley earthenware (terra cotta) with applied engobe
and stain and polyurethane
Roman Bartkiw was born in Montreal in 1935, a second generation Ukrainian Canadian, and was raised on a farm on the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario.
He attended the Ontario College of Art from 1955 to 1960 where he won the Henry Birks Medal, the Governor General's Medal and the J.S. McLean Scholarship. In 1969 and 1970 he attended summer schools in glass blowing at the Sheridan School of Design (Ontario) and Alfred University (New York). From 1974 to 1975 he was enrolled in the Alfred University MFA program, glass studies.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Bartkiw worked both as an artist and a teacher. He owned pottery and glass blowing studios in Ontario, teaching from his Toronto studio in the early 1960s. From 1968 to 1969 he was the Head of the Ceramics Department of the Ontario College of Art. He taught pottery and glass blowing in Ontario, Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, and Denmark.
In 1981 Bartkiw opened a pottery studio in Port Wade, Nova Scotia, and later studios and showrooms were opened in Granville Ferry and Paradise. From 1989 to 1990 he was a Master Craftsman (glass blowing and glass pressing) at the Upper Clements Theme Park.
His work is found in the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery. Bartkiw was an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy. He died in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 2010.
The simplicity and serene beauty of Pommes Dorées render these objects a prime example of Bartkiw’s involvement with the Canadian art ceramic movement, as well as reflecting the agricultural background of the communities in which he lived.