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 Pottery, A blue and yellow speckled glaze squat cup, inscribed 'John Campbell, Tasmania, 5 cm high

A fine John Campbell three handled bowl, 1930s, a large ovoid pot with a short waisted broad neck, with three applied angle loop handles, strikingly glazed in cream, amber and chocolate hues, inscribed A311H, John Campbell, Tasmania, height 13 cm

A John Campbell pottery bowl, 1930s, the wide shallow bowl in mottled silvery and bright mid green tones, inscribed John Campbell Launceston Tas underside, height 7 cm, diameter 27 cm

A John Campbell pottery bowl, 1930s, the circular slightly tapering high-sided bowl with a streaky silver aqua and olive glaze, inscribed 8"9 John Campbell Tasmania, height 11 cm, diameter 22 cm

A John Campbell green glaze basket dish, signed John Campbell Tasmania at base, 15 x 14.5 cm

James Campbell (Queensland), Pottery float bowl, 25 cm high, 37 cm diameter

John Campbell Two pottery troughs with embossed floral decorations, 28 cm and 30 cm across

John Campbell Pottery dish, early 20th century, 11 x 11 cm

John Campbell Pottery umbrella stand, (damaged and repaired crudely with concrete), 43 cm

1905 Australian Team, team photograph with players wearing their Australian caps & blazers, by Campbell & Gray, London, endorsed on reverse 'To Arthur Wriser, With Joe Darling's Compliments 22/2/08', framed, overall 32 x 40 cm.

A John Campbell Tasmania, white Our daily bread signed John Campbell, Tasmania. 33 cm long, 30 cm wide

J Campbell majolica deep plate with moulded decoration, signed J Campbell Tasmania.30 cm diameter

A John Campbell of Launceston green glazed mug, circa 1920, incised signature, 10.5 cm high

A John Campbell of Launceston pottery dish with a embossed vine leaf, marked verso, 23 cm diameter

A John Campbell Majolica bowl, 1930s, shape number A311H. The wide compressed form bowl with a rich blue, toffee and black freeform glaze having three applied angled handles, one handle repaired; inscribed underside with potter's name origin and shape numb

Australian James Campbell & Sons pottery bread bin (Brisbane) with wooden lid 39 cm high

Give Us This day Our Daily Bread, plate signed Glenn Campbell

John Campbell, a large glazed earthenware umbrella stand graduated green and yellow glaze, depicting stork in pond scene, 42 cm high

Campbell Pottery bread platter, Launceston Tasmania, early 20th century. 29 x 23 cm

Military group belonging to Colin Henry Campbell (photographed center), World War I period slouch hat, gators, silver mounted swagger stick, real photo postcard. (4 items)

Rare Campbell Pottery water filter with 'Advance Australia' coat of arms

John Campbell, Australian mug, incised mark & dated 1933 12 cm height

Three large cylindrical relief decorated stoneware chimney pots, late 19th/20th century, one impressed 'John Campbell, Manufacturer, Sandhill Launceston', 49 cm high

Campbell Hegan, Shino glaze stoneware teapot. Provenance: Graeme Fairey collection

John Campbell float bowl & frog signed 'John Campbell Tasmania' to the base. Diameter 22 cm

Rare campbell Pottery (unsigned) carbide lamp (pottery component 30 cm high, lamp height, 62 cm)

Four pieces of John Campbell pottery, and a small McHugh frog

Samuel Calvert, Prospecting c.1870, colour wood engraving, from a work by O R Campbell 32 x 44 cm

'The Life & Work of Rubery Bennett', by Katherine Campbell Harper, (Sydney 1979) limited edition 26/275, signed by the artist. Folio, full leather in fine cloth slipcase. Condition VG

Two various John Campbell bowls. Cream and green drip glaze. Diameter 16 cm. Diameter 11.50 cm

Three various John Campbell items. Including pair of condiment pots; and ashtray. Height 6 cm (average)

M. A. Campbell, two watercolour paintings of sailing boats. (1) 15.5 x 18 cm. (2) 15 x 21 cm.

Large John Campbell pot. Variegated brown and yellow glaze. Inscribed to base 'John Campbell, 1935, Tasmania.'. Height 34 cm