Learn about Campbell's Pottery

John Campbell was born in 1857 in New Zealand and moved to Victoria with his family as a child. He became an apprentice at Bendigo pottery and his newly learned potters skills were rewarded by winning medals in the 1879-80 Melbourne Juvenile Intercolonial Exhibition for his exhibits - a stoneware fountain, a whisky still worm and two terracotta fire grate backs.

At around age 23 he moved to Tasmania and in 1881 in partnership with his father in law, bought Alfred Cornwell’s 'Victorian and Tasmanian Potteries Launceston pottery works. In the 1891-2 Tasmanian Exhibition in their home town of Launceston, Campbell’s exhibited a range of pots and urns, vases, teapots, cheese dishes with covers, jars, bottles and Toby jugs.

Pipe and brick manufacture was the largest part of the Campbell business, but John Campbell's own interest were the hand-thrown decorative items that they manufactured.

John Campbell died in 19129 and the business was taken over by his eldest son, Colin who continued the business. After his death in 1956 the business continued. more...

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John Campbell blue drip glaze vase stamped to the base '12.5 John Campbell 1933'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 7.7 cm

John Campbell brown & yellow drip glaze vase with two handles, stamped to the base '2.S.H. John Campbell 1934'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 16.5 cm

Two Remude Australian pottery pieces, together with a John Campbell of Tasmania small pot (AF) (3), comprising Remude a vase and a jug, pattern numbers 142 and 402.

John Campbell green & yellow drip glaze Honeypot vase with ribbed detail, signed to the base '75L John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition: good to fair, hairline crack to the rim. Height 16.5 cm

Large John Campbell, Tasmania, vase signed to base, approx 28 cm high

John Campbell green, blue yellow & Rust drip glaze vase of tapered form with ribbed detail, etched '18m John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing. Height 29 cm

John Campbell green, blue yellow & Rust drip glaze vase of bucket form, etched 'F.P. John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing. Height 15.5 cm

John Campbell green & brown drip glaze vase with a flared rim, etched 'John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing. Height 17.8 cm

John Campbell green & brown drip glaze vase of honeypot bulbous form with a ribber body, etched '59 John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing, minor paint chips to the rim. Height 14 cm

A large John Campbell green and yellow glazed two handled vase, incised signature and 'Tasmania', 39.5 cm high

An Autralian pottery vase by John campbell. Inscribed to base John campbell 1934. 8 cm x 10 cm

John Campbell green & yellow double handled vase of bulbous form, signed to the base 'John Campbell 1934'. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 14.5 cm

John Campbell green & gold drip glaze trough vase having raised floral detail, inscribed to the base 'John Campbell Launceston Tasmania F.M.B. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Length 41 cm

Large John Campbell (Tasmania) pottery vase with blue drip glaze finish, chip to rim, 18.5 cm high approx. together with a McHugh vase

John Campbell green & yellow drip glaze two handled vase with rust tones to the rim, signed 'John Campbell 1934'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Height 14 cm

A John Campbell Tasmania pottery vase, drip glaze colours. Signed John Campbell Tasmania' 28 cm high

Small John Campbell vase, signed to base, 8.5 cm high

John Campbell green glaze pottery vase, signed to base. Height 10 cm approx

John Campbell pottery green glaze vase of bulbous form with honey pot indentations & two classic Art Deco form handles, shape number 'B52'. Signed 'John Campbell', dated '1934'. Condition good, some wear to the base. Height 17.5 cm

Large John Campbell 2 handle vase signed and dated 1934 to base, 24.5 cm high, crack to rim

A John Campbell Australian pottery vase, with drip glaze, marked 11.L. Signed John Campbell Tasmania. Height 10.5 cm

John Campbell large earthenware glaze jardiniere green glaze, with bird and floral decoration, signed John Campbell, together with Melrose vase, with green glaze (2). Height 21 cm. Width 45 cm

Australian John Campbell pottery blue vase, signed and dated 1935 to base

A John Campbell pottery bowl, 1932, the circular bulbous vase upon a low foot rim, with a rich cream and toffee mottled glaze to both the interior and exterior; inscribed signature, date and pattern number underside. Height 8.5 cm. diameter 15 cm

McHugh pottery vase in puce & green drip glaze 10.5 cm high approx. & a John Campbell vase

John Campbell green drip glaze double handled vase of classic Art Deco form, inscribed to base 'B30 John Campbell Tasmania' height 18.5 cm

Campbell Hegan, red glazed orb vase

David and Wendy Campbell three-mouth vase stoneware with textural scrawling detail and drip glaze, incised to base 'D Campbell', with artist's bow tie mark impressed near base. Height 44.5 cm

John Campbell Tasmanian pottery flower trough (length 20 cm) & 2 vases 10 cm & 8 cm. (3 items)

Campbell swan wall vase, green yellow brown & black

John Campbell pottery wall vase with map of Tasmania, green/yellow

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