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...However pottery sales were declining due to overseas competition, and input costs such as glazes were increasing and the pottery closed in 1959.
The pipe and brick manufacturing business closed in 1976.
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A John Campbell beehive rib vase, 1930s, a tapering beaker styled vase with broad ribs and a broad and low everted neck, with a streaky silvery aqua and green glaze, inscribed 43S John Campbell, Tasmania underside, height 14 cm
A John Campbell pottery basket fan shaped vase, 1930s, the vase with compressed sides and rib details below the rim, boldly glazed in streaky olive, silvery green, gold and caramel colours throughout, inscribed John Campbell Tasmania underside, height 12.5
A fine John Campbell amphora vase, 1934, the vase with ribs to the upper body, a concave collar and a broad neck with twin angled square section handles, with a streaky and speckled green glaze over olive, inscribed B30A, John Campbell 1934, height 18 cm
A John Campbell pottery vase, 1930s, the ovoid vase with a waisted neck, and ribbed trims to the collar and base, glazed in streaky gold and amber colours with green inflections, inscribed 37, John Campbell, Tasmania, height 16 cm
A John Campbell pottery twin handled vase, 1930s, with a globular base and a broad slightly everted long neck and low set loop handles, with a speckled and streaked silvery aqua and blue green glaze, inscribed B29M, John Campbell, Tasmania, height 20 cm
An impressive John Campbell baluster vase, 1930s, of generous size with a waisted neck, finely glazed and streaked in golden amber and cream hues modulating to green and silver aqua, inscribed no 6 John Campbell Tasmania, height 27 cm
Two large John Campbell beehive ribbed drip glazed vases, 1930s and 1949, a slightly everted cylindrical vase glazed in tan, caramel, chocolate and green hints, and marked 18.5; and a waisted ovoid pot with a tan cream glaze to the rim modulating to aqua a
Four John Campbell green pottery items: a vase, a pot, tankard and jug, 1930s, all decorated with the same rich silver green, aqua and light olive green streaked glaze, all incised John Campbell Tasmania underside, the pot marked 10.S 1933, the jug marked
John Campbell green & brown drip glaze vase of honeypot bulbous form with a ribber body, etched '59 John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing, minor paint chips to the rim. Height 14 cm
John Campbell pottery green glaze vase of bulbous form with honey pot indentations & two classic Art Deco form handles, shape number 'B52'. Signed 'John Campbell', dated '1934'. Condition good, some wear to the base. Height 17.5 cm
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