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), a bowl, scalloped edged shallow bowl applied with lizard figures either side, coloured glaze, incised Castle Harris. Paper label, 'The Rivkin Collection, Sotheby's' to base, 30 cm long
A fish plate by John Castle Harris, circa 1930s-40s, the Studio Pottery plate with an undulating rim and a randomly pierced reticulated border, centred with two fish in relief, in washed cobalt, plum and yellow green colours upon deep cream; incised signat
A wall pocket vase by John Castle Harris, circa 1930s, the baluster style pot with a ruffled rim and applied vine leaves and fruits in washed green pink and blue colours upon a thinly glazed blue cream ground; inscribed signature verso. Height 17.5 cm. Wid
John Castle Harris (1893-1967), a rare studio pottery vase, 1941 the pierced blue grey vase of tapering form with flaring lip, with two loop handles, applied grape and vine leaf decoration, incised 'Castle Harris 1941' to base 41.5 cm high
A wall vase by John Castle-Harris, mid-20th century, the tapering body of scalloped outline decorated with two applied swans in flight, glazed in cream and pastel colours, incised signature to the back. Height 26.5 cm. Width 14 cm.
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
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