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 Green glazed pottery trough with embossed floral motif, 17 cm x 40 cm wide

John Campbell Blue glazed pottery trough, 12 cm high, 13 cm across

John Campbell Blue glazed pottery row boat flower trough, 29 cm across

John Campbell Pottery trough, 45 cm across, Provenance: Collection of The Late Geoffrey Maxwell Worthington

John Campbell Green glazed pottery trough, early 20th century, 20 cm high, 44 cm across

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

A large earthenware glaze flower trough drip glaze with moulded reserves, signed John Campbell, Tasmania. 20 cm high, 46 cm long 17 cm deep. 21 cm high,45 cm long

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

Campbell pottery planter 17.5 cm high, 15 cm deep. (minor chip), yellow/green

John Campbell, Pottery flower trough with Art Deco style handles, green & yellow glaze. Height 10 cm, width 37 cm, depth 10 cm

Campbell planter, Tasmania, 1933, birds, chipped and cracked

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

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

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

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

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

Campbell planter with raised flower decoration and scalloped top, green, 42 cm long x 17.5 cm deep x 17 cm high

Campbell Pottery planter on four feet with moulded ring handles and raised bird decoration, 44 cm long x 19 cm wide x 20 cm high, green and yellow

Campbell, John (2) pair green glaze trough vases. Both with Deco style dual handles. Both signed to base, including One inscribed 'Launceston.'. Length 31.5 cm (each)

John Campbell, Tasmania plant trough and frog

Australian pottery trough with associated frog, John Campbell, Tasmania

John Campbell trench vase, circa 1930, the rectangular planter decorated in a green glaze. Height 9 cm. Length 20 cm. Depth 9.5 cm

John Campbell trough planter Dove design on four squat legs with frog insert signed to base 'John Campbell Tasmania Mb' (underglaze chips) 45 x 19 cm

John Campbell box planter with twin handles blue drip glaze signed to base 'John Campbell Tas' 37 x 13 cm

A brown, white and red letter box brick, unsigned attributed to John Campbell c1935 16 x 22 x 7 cm, accompanied by: b) A John Campbell green and orange planter, signed. C1933, 25.5 cm long. Height 9 cm. Width 11 cm.

A John Campbell green and white streaked large planter signed 13 x 36.5 x 13 cm rare 'John Campbell Manufacturer Sandhill Launceston' stamp.

A) A John Campbell green Deco planter with figure '7' style handles signed 9.5 x 37 x 10.5 cm

A John Campbell red and white ovoid planter with boat and oars decoration signed 12.5 x 29 x 12.5 cm

A John Campbell green ovoid planter with Premier pattern floral decoration signed 10.5 x 28 x 13 cm

A John Campbell brown, caramel and pink planter with floral decoration and applied handles at ends signed 10.5 x 34 x 12.5 cm

A large John Campbell green planter signed 13.5 x 37 x 13 cm

A large John Campbell oval blue, brown, red and green planter with Premier floral decoration and superb colouring signed 17.5 x 42 x 18.5 cm

A John Campbell green oval planter with Premier pattern floral decoration and moulded link handles to ends signed 17 x 44 x 18 cm

John Campbell green glazed pottery trough with finches and incised decorations

John Campbell, Tasmania, a rectangular earthenware planter, moulded with Australian flora, yellow and green glaze, incised John Campbell, Launceston, Tasmania, 42 cm wide

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