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 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

A large glazed two handled Australian pottery garden urn, probably John Campbell, 19th century, 54 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

John Campbell (attributed): Tasmanian Colonial pottery garden urn. Built in (2) section, inverted bell shaped with 2 handles. Green/blue & brown majolica glaze. Damaged rim, old repairs, missing a 7 cm piece of rim. Rare in any condition

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

An Australian pottery green glazed two handled urn, signed John Campbell 1934. Height 17 cm

A John Campbell large green jardiniere c1934, signed 17.5 x 15 cm, accompanied by: b) A John Campbell pink vase, 'John Campbell Tasmania hand made pottery' gold foil label applied to outside, signed. C1935. Height 10 cm. Diameter 9.5 cm rim. C) A green and

A rare large green, brown and cream two piece urn 50 x 32 cm attributed to John Campbell

A large green jardiniere featuring a cruffled lip 25.5 x 28 cm attributed to John Campbell

A John Campbell pottery majolica flowerpot Australian, circa 1900. Height 14.5 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, NSW

A John Campbell pottery majolica jardiniere, circa 1900, these early examples were not signed. Height 18 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, NSW

A John Campbell majolica pottery jardiniere Australian, circa 1900, 20 x 23 cm. Height 20 cm. Diameter 23 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Tasmania