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 Unusual shaped burgundy glazed pottery vase, inscribed John Campbell Tasmania, with additional inscription (illegible), 12 cm high

John Campbell Green glazed pottery vase, incised John Campbell 1934, 26 cm high

John Campbell green drip glaze vase of heavy form, signed & dated to the base. Condition: fair, hairline crack to the mouth, height 34 cm

Australian John Campbell pottery vase, two handled with blue glaze, signed & dated 1934 to base, 16 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A blue, green and brown glaze ribbed vase, inscribed '70 John Campbell, Tasmania, 16 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A turquoise blue and black glaze ribbed baluster vase, inscribed 'John Campbell, Tasmania, 14 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A blue glaze squat candlestick and vase, both inscribed 'John Campbell', the vase 'A302 and date 1933', holder with silver paper label, 4 cm and 7.5 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A blue glaze two handled vase, inscribed '2LH John Campbell, 1934', 19 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, An orange, brown and blue glaze beaker and vase, the beaker inscribed 'Norm', both inscribed 'John Campbell, Tasmania, 9 cm and 10 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, An orange, brown and blue glaze jug, basket and ribbed vase, all inscribed 'John Campbell, Tasmania, 10 cm, 11 cm and 13 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A green glaze two handled vase with fluted neck, inscribed 'B32H John Campbell, 1935 Tasmania, 7 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A green glaze mug, small jug and a fluted vase, all inscribed 'John Campbell, Tasmania, 12.5 cm, 10 cm and 8.5 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, Two green glaze pottery vases, inscribed '3LO & 11B John Campbell, Tasmania, 18 cm and 20 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A green glaze two angled handle fluted vase, inscribed 'B30H John Campbell, 1935 Tasmania, 18 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A sky blue glaze baluster vase, inscribed '53 John Campbell, 1933', 20 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A red and brown glaze two handled vase with large lily leaf terminals to the rising handles, inscribed 'J1 John Campbell, 1934', 21 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A red and brown glaze vase, inscribed 'John Campbell, Tasmania, 7 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, An impressive pair of large green and yellow glaze ovoid vases, inscribed '2EEL John Campbell, Tasmania, 35 cm high

John Campbell Pottery, A green and maroon glaze three handled vase, inscribed 'A311 John Campbell, 1935 Tasmania, 24 cm high

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

Large Campbell vase, green/yellow, 39 cm high

A John Campbell Tasmania fan form vase, on pedestal, drip glaze. Signed to base, height 15 cm

A John Campbell pottery vase, green glaze. Signed and dated to base '1932', height 19 cm

A John Campbell caramel glaze vase, signed to base, height 13 cm

A John Campbell Tasmanian pottery vase, green and brown drip glaze. Signed DA. John Campbell 1932, height 13 cm

A John Campbell Tasmania pottery vase, green glaze. Signed John Campbell Tasmania B49.S to base, height 21.5 cm

John Campbell, large vase, of baluster form, with yellow and green drip glazes, signed to base 'John Campbell Tasmania', minor chip to base, height 38 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

John Campbell blue drip glaze vase stamped to the base '12.5 John Campbell 1933'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 7.7 cm

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