John Castle-Harris was born in 1893 at North Waratah, New South Wales. Harris made punched and embossed leather table-cloths, often incorporating Australian floral motifs, until he was taught pottery in Melbourne by Una Deerbon (1882-1972) in the 1930s. He is thought to have worked in the early 1930s at the Premier Pottery at Preston, Melbourne, where some Remued Ware is modelled in his style. Later he returned to the town of Lawson in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, where he established his studio and worked until his death on 7 April 1967. Named John, Castle Harris was known, and signed himself, as Jack as well as hyphenating his second and surnames. Pots are signed Castle Harris without a hyphen.
John Castle Harris (1893 -1967), circa 1940, a low sided rectangular earthenware trough with a pinched rim displaying a diagonal lily pad branched handle upon which a frog in high relief rests, incised Castle Harris to base, 30 cm long.
John Castle Harris, flower wall pocket, c1940 in the form of a frog on a Lilypad, incised 'Castle Harris' to base, retains original paper decal 'The Blaxland Shop'. Height 16 cm. Width 22 cm. Provenance: the Estate of Elieen Wray, Castlecrag
Castle Harris Studio Pottery lamp stand,the pierced bulbous top raised on a trunk like pedestal, wrapped with spirall figuer of a wingned (dragon/lizard) in motled blue green glaze, incised signature, Castle Harris to base. Height 44 cm
A John Castle Harris drip glazed goanna trough, circa 1940, the low sided rectangular trough with pinched rim displaying a diagonal branch handle upon which a large goanna in high relief rests. Incised signature to base Castle Harris Sydney. Length 28.5 cm
A John Castle Harris 'Flannel' flower dish, circa 1930, the oval shaped shallow bowl with a pierced pattern to each long side and decorated with flannel flowers in relief. Incised signature to base Castle Harris. Length 29 cm
A John Castle-Harris wall vase, circa 1930-40, the flat backed deep ogee-shaped form with barbed rim displaying an underwater scene of three fish in high relief all glazed in a mottled pastel palette. Incised signature to reverse Castle-Harris. Height 24 c
Castle Harris, three (3) pieces, comprising of a squat blue glazed vase, with applied flannel flowers, a wall pocket vase with leaves and berries, and basket bowl with applied leaves and berries in blue, green, red, yellow and grey glazes, all with incised
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