Learn about Bendigo Pottery

George Guthrie, a former Glasgow potter founded the Bendigo Pottery at Epsom near Sandhurst (as Bendigo was then called) in 1858.

It was not surprising that an important pottery was established at the gold?clds, particularly as the Victorian miners had discovered good clay-fields in the course of their search for gold. Guthrie had arrived from Scotland to try his luck on the goldfields, and as a potter by trade recognised the potential of clay discoveries. .

At the 1866 Melbourne Exhibition, Guthrie was a medal winner for his collection of stonewares, particularly brown ginger-beer bottles.

Domestic and table wares were added to the range of pots and bottles. Brown ‘Rockingham' teapots, cups and saucers, decorated cream-ware jugs and basins, white parian ware ornaments, majolica vases and artistic water filters were amongst the products.

In the early 1880s Guthrie sold the pottery and returned to Scotland . He returned after a year or so, later, became managing director and then with a partner re-purchased the pottery.

He remained the driving force behind the pottery until his death in 1910. more...

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Bendigo Pottery. A glazed earthenware leaf decorated wall jardinere, 40 cm high

Bendigo Pottery. A glazed kookaburra, 21 cm high

Bendigo Pottery. A large two handled umbrella stand, circa 1860, 60.5 cm high

Bendigo Pottery. A glazed earthenware teapot, stamped 18, 26 cm high

Bendigo Pottery. A pair of large and impressive double handled glazed earthenware urns, 87 cm high

A Bendigo pottery portrait jug, speckled handle and spout, retailed by Sunshine Electrics, 22 cm high

Bendigo Pottery (attributed). A workman's piece tree stump umbrella stand with applied snack & lizard decoration, 19th century. 54 cm.

A Bendigo pottery character jug, 'Ned Kelly', limited edition. Height 14 cm

A Bendigo pottery character jug, 'Sir Donald Bradman', limited edition. Height 14 cm

A Bendigo pottery character jug, 'Sir Robert Menzies', limited edition. Height 18 cm

A Bendigo pottery character jug, 'Albert Namatjira', limited edition. Height 16 cm

A Bendigo pottery character jug, 'Henry Lawson', limited edition. Height 15 cm

A floral decorated majolica cheese bell and plate, probably Bendigo Pottery, late 19th century, 24 cm high

Don Bradman, Bendigo Pottery 'Sir Don Bradman' caricature jug, 15cm high, limited edition 956/3000.

Bendigo pottery cheese bell and cover, Chrysanthemum pattern, repaired, green ground

Don Bradman, Bendigo Pottery 'Sir Don Bradman' caricature jug, very attractive with olive-green glaze, 15cm high. Limited edition 619/3000.

Bendigo pottery character jug Billy Hughes, limited edition & signed by Potter, boxed

Bendigo Pottery limited edition jug, 'Sir Robert Menzies', 18 cm high

Bendigo Pottery cheese dish, Chrysantheanum pattern, circa 1890-1910

Bendigo Pottery corn cob adorned cheese bell on base, marked F.M.

Bendigo: group of five pottery vases in blue, green, turquoise & brown glazes. Heights 11.5 cm to 21 cm

Bendigo Sir Kingsford Smith jug stamped 'Bendigo Pottery Limited Edition Series 1165/3000. Height 15 cm

A Bendigo pottery frog, c.1930's, glazed ceramic. Height 15 cm

Bendigo Pottery, vine leaf cheese cover plate, circa 1880

Bendigo Pottery, bread plate, C1880, anchor mark to base (restored)

A Bendigo pottery 'Canadian Ware' tea service and a pitcher, 1930s, four pieces, comprising a tea pot, cream jug, double-handled sugar basin, and a small pitcher, all glazed in mottled purple, pink, blue, and green. Height 13 cm (pitcher), and shorter

A Victorian Bendigo pottery Majolica bread platter, 1880s, unmarked, the rounded rectangular dish with raised sides relief-moulded 'Give US this day/Our daily bread' and with fern and other leaves within the rope-twist edge, mottled green and brown on the

Rare Bendigo pottery cheese dish and cover. Tulip pattern in blue, green and brown Majolica glazes

1930s Bendigo pottery to'ee mug. Embossed with the logo of Sam the blacksmith. Height 15 cm

A Bendigo pottery urn, with cream and taupe mottled glazed patina, supported on a shaped plinth 53 cm high

Bendigo pottery, limited edition earthenware mug, in the form of Albert Namatjira with a boomerang handle, from the original sculpture by John Frith, impressed maker's marks and number @ No. 1017 of 3,000. Height 16 cm

Bendigo pottery Victoria, circa 1880, earthenware plate with moulded inscription 'Give US this day our Daily bread' mottled blue, cream and brown glaze, incised ABC. Length 32 cm