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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Australian pottery drip glazed two handled vase, signed B/9H John Campbell, Tasmanian, height 20cm

Australian pottery two handled vase, signed 12 John Campbell Tasmania

Australian pottery tall vase with drip glaze, marked 5L John Campbell 1933 Tasmania, 25.5cm

Vintage John Campbell vase 10 cm high approx., together with a Martin Boyd dish

A group of three Australian blue Ceramics, Melrose Ware and John Campbell, 1930s, the Melrose Ware bowl of compressed form with a broad ribbed rim and bracket handles, decorated in a rich cobalt and mottled drip glaze, stamped underside; the John Campbell

John Campbell, Tasmanian green glazed pottery vase. Height 13 cm, width 22 cm

John Campbell vase with green and yellow glaze, shape number 68, signed 'John Campbell Tasmania' to base. Height 33.5 cm

John Campbell Tasmanian pottery vase in green glaze, incised signature. 15.5 cm

John Campbell: group of three Tasmanian pottery vases. Heights 9 cm, 11 cm &13 cm

John Campbell pair of yellow and green glaze fan shaped vases signed 'John Campbell Tasmania' to both bases. Height 14 cm

John Campbell: Tasmanian pottery vase, cylindrical form with flared rim and unusual ribbed body. Incised signature. Plus, McHugh pottery vase glazed in brown and green. 13 cm

John Campbell Australian pottery wall vase, with brown and yellow drip glaze. Height 19 cm

Campbell Hegan, floor vase, shino glazed ovoid floor vase with four lugs. Height 30 cm. Diameter 32 cm

Four various John Campbell items. Including frog, ashtray, posy vase (hairline), and wall vase. Height 8 cm (frog)

Two various John Campbell mantel vases, one with double handles. Larger with rim chip. Height 23 cm and Height 16 cm

Three John Campbell trough vases. Cream, green and yellow drip glazes. Length 20 cm. Height 10 cm each

Three various John Campbell posy vases. Green, yellow and cream drip glazes. Height 8 cm (average)

Pair John Campbell trough vases. Cream and green drip glaze. Incised 'Tas 1935,' to one. Length 25 cm. Height 10 cm (each)

Two various John Campbell mantel vases. Including one with waisted neck; other with bulbous body. Green drip glazes. Height 17 cm and Height 15 cm

John Campbell trough vase. Triangular double handles. Cream, yellow and green drip glaze. Height 9 cm. Length 36 cm

Two various John Campbell trough vases. Cream and green, and brown drip glazes. Length 30 cm. Height 11 cm, and Length 20 cm. Height 10 cm

Two various John Campbell mantel vases, each with bulbous base and double handles. Yellow, cream and green drip glaze. one with hairline to rim. Height 18 cm (each)

Pair John Campbell trough vases. Yellow and green drip glaze. Height 12 cm. Length 30 cm each

Graduated pair John Campbell trough vases. In form of everted punnets with palings and straps. Cream and green drip glazes. Height 13 cm. Length 34 cm, and Height 10 cm. Length 29 cm

Two various John Campbell mantel vases. Flared rims, and ribbed designs. Yellow, green and cream drip glaze. Height 16 cm. Height 13 cm

Campbell pottery gilt twin handled vase, marked to base

Large John Campbell pink drip glazed trough vase on four scroll feet with bird decoration, signed to base

Three pieces of John Campbell pottery including two small ribbed vases and a blue glazed vase

Large John Campbell green glazed baluster vase, signed to base, 26 cm tall

A small John Campbell vase, signed and dated 1932 8.5 cm high

John Campbell Tasmania, circa 1935. A large baluster earthenware vase, with brown and green drip glaze, incised John Campbell. 21 cm high

Very large Australian John Campbell signed vase 36 cm high, repair to rim

John Campbell (1857-1928), a collection of Pottery, comprising of a mottled green vase; a mottled green water jug; a green water jug; and a frog mug 12/26 cm high. (4)

John Campbell 1857-1928, a blue green mottled glazed earthenware ovoid vase, inscribed and dated John Campbell/2L/1932, 18 cm high; and a trumpet shaped vase with frilled neck, unmarked 16 cm high (2)

Campbell vase, mottled brown/red/yellow, 27 cm high

A collection of Australian pottery vessels, circa 1930, comprising a large Remued vase, a John Campbell jardiniere, a Fowler Ware cylindrical vase, a Bendigo pottery vase and a Bennett Magill vase (5) the largest 33 cm high