John Castle-Harris was born in 1893 at North Waratah, New South Wales. Harris made punched and embossed leather table-cloths, often incorporating Australian floral motifs, until he was taught pottery in Melbourne by Una Deerbon (1882-1972) in the 1930s. He is thought to have worked in the early 1930s at the Premier Pottery at Preston, Melbourne, where some Remued Ware is modelled in his style. Later he returned to the town of Lawson in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, where he established his studio and worked until his death on 7 April 1967. Named John, Castle Harris was known, and signed himself, as Jack as well as hyphenating his second and surnames. Pots are signed Castle Harris without a hyphen.
Castle Harris frilled neck lizard vase having a lobed neck & drip glaze body. the lizard applied as three dimensional decoration. Signed to the base. Condition: fair, some crazing, minor damage to the spines, 15 x 15 cm
Castle Harris frilled neck lizard vase having a circular drip glaze body, tapering inwards to a foot & to the opening. the lizard applied as three dimensional decoration. Signed to the base. Condition: fair to poor, heavily restored with some damage, 2
John Castle Harris (1893-1967). A basket, hand-modelled earthenware low sided basket, branched handle upon which a lizard in high relief rests, multi-coloured glaze, inscribed Castle Harris, Sydney to base, 10 cm high, 28 cm long
John Castle Harris (1893-1967), a bowl, scalloped edged shallow bowl applied with lizard figures either side, coloured glaze, incised Castle Harris. Paper label, 'The Rivkin Collection, Sotheby's' to base, 30 cm long
A fish plate by John Castle Harris, circa 1930s-40s, the Studio Pottery plate with an undulating rim and a randomly pierced reticulated border, centred with two fish in relief, in washed cobalt, plum and yellow green colours upon deep cream; incised signat
A wall pocket vase by John Castle Harris, circa 1930s, the baluster style pot with a ruffled rim and applied vine leaves and fruits in washed green pink and blue colours upon a thinly glazed blue cream ground; inscribed signature verso. Height 17.5 cm. Wid
John Castle Harris (1893-1967), a rare studio pottery vase, 1941 the pierced blue grey vase of tapering form with flaring lip, with two loop handles, applied grape and vine leaf decoration, incised 'Castle Harris 1941' to base 41.5 cm high
A wall vase by John Castle-Harris, mid-20th century, the tapering body of scalloped outline decorated with two applied swans in flight, glazed in cream and pastel colours, incised signature to the back. Height 26.5 cm. Width 14 cm.
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