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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Rupert Bunny jug, attributed Campbell pottery, 15 cm

John Campbell green drip glaze pair of graduated jugs one signed 'John Campbell Tasmania', the other 'John Campbell 1933'. Condition good, typical wear to the bases. Height of tallest 11 cm

John Campbell brown & yellow drip glaze jug with a flared mouth, signed to the base 'J.S. John Campbell Tasmania'. condition good, minor Ware consistant with age. Height 21 cm

John Campbell green, blue yellow & Rust drip glaze jug with a two ring handle & a slender ribbed body, etched 'F.J.2. John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing. Height 26 cm

A John Campbell Tasmania pottery, jug drip glaze colours. Signed John Campbell Tasmania' 19 cm high

A John Campbell, character jug, yellow glaze with incised signature. 12.5 cm high

A John Campbell of Launceton blue glazed jug and cover, circa 1933, 18 cm high

An Australian pottery character jug of Joseph Lyons by John Campbell, Tasmania, first half 20th century, the Joseph Lyons jug 20.5 cm high. Note: Joseph Lyons was Labor Premier of Tasmania from 1923 to 1928 and a Minister in the James Scullin government fr

Campbell pottery jug, Rupert Bunny, jug 16 cm high

A ceramic jug and jardiniere by John Campbell. 1920s-1930s, the waisted onion shaped jug with a simple 'C' handle in a burnt orange and amber glaze descending to mottled emerald green; the rectangular jardiniere with sharp triangular strap handles in a ric

Campbell Hegan, jug, stoneware with shino glaze. Impressed mark. Height 30 cm

Three various John Campbell items. Including ant trap; creamer; and 'Past Footballers bowls Carnival 1987,' circular dish. Height 8 cm (jug)

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, milk jug of bulbous form in tonal blue glaze, incised on base 'J Campbell Tas'. Height 15 cm

Australian pottery jug, signed John Campbell Tasmania

John Campbell water jug finger hole handled ribbed neck on bulbous base blue glaze signed to base 'John Campbell. Tasmania'

A John Campbell unusual green three finger hole jug signed 19 x 17.5 cm

A beige stoneware two quart jug stamped '2.Q', unsigned attributed to John Campbell 21.5 x 12.5 x 17 cm

A John Campbell brown, red and caramel twin handled jug signed 21 x 13 cm

A) A John Campbell brown, blue, green and yellow jug signed 11 x 13.5 cm a) .2 cm chip to underside of spout, accompanied by: b) A green teapot with lid, unsigned, attributed to McHugh Tasmania, 18 cm high, 15.5 cm diameter, 24.5 cm spout to handle, c) A J

A John Campbell large brown, pink and green jug signed 18 x 19.5 cm

A John Campbell green and yellow ribbed vase c1935, signed 21 x 13 cm, accompanied by: b) A large waisted vase in shades of green, blue and brown, unsigned, attributed to John Campbell. C1930. Height 19 cm. Diameter 12 cm rim. C) A John Campbell brown and

A rare brown and green toby jug in character of Rupert Bunny Partial John Campbell black ink, underglaze stamp to base 15 x 12 cm

A John Campbell brown jug with strap handle signed 16.5 x 18.5 cm

A John Campbell green and maroon two finger handled tall jug signed 27.5 x 13.5 cm

A John Campbell yellow and green three finger handled jug signed 'John Campbell Tasmania hand made pottery' gold foil label applied to base

A John Campbell red Lord Kitchener toby jug signed 15 x 16.5 cm

A) A John Campbell brown and white toby jug signed 13.5 x 14.5 cm, accompanied by: b) A John Campbell rare green pin dish in the shape of Tasmania with moulded kangaroo, signed, c1935

John Campbell drip glaze blue pottery jug, signed and dated 1933. Height 24 cm.

A rare John Campbell pottery jug, with original lid signed John Campbell 1934 25 cm high.