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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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

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 Brown and yellow glazed two handled pottery vase, 27 cm

John Campbell Tasmanian pottery vase, incised signature, 21.5 cm

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

John Campbell brown & yellow drip glaze vase with two handles, stamped to the base '2.S.H. John Campbell 1934'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 16.5 cm

John Campbell green & yellow drip glaze Honeypot vase with ribbed detail, signed to the base '75L John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition: good to fair, hairline crack to the rim. Height 16.5 cm

Large John Campbell, Tasmania, vase signed to base, approx 28 cm high

John Campbell green, blue yellow & Rust drip glaze vase of tapered form with ribbed detail, etched '18m John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing. Height 29 cm

John Campbell green, blue yellow & Rust drip glaze vase of bucket form, etched 'F.P. John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing. Height 15.5 cm

John Campbell green & brown drip glaze vase with a flared rim, etched 'John Campbell Tasmania'. Condition good, expected age related wear & crazing. Height 17.8 cm

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

A large John Campbell green and yellow glazed two handled vase, incised signature and 'Tasmania', 39.5 cm high

An Autralian pottery vase by John campbell. Inscribed to base John campbell 1934. 8 cm x 10 cm

John Campbell green & yellow double handled vase of bulbous form, signed to the base 'John Campbell 1934'. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 14.5 cm

John Campbell green & gold drip glaze trough vase having raised floral detail, inscribed to the base 'John Campbell Launceston Tasmania F.M.B. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Length 41 cm

John Campbell green & yellow drip glaze two handled vase with rust tones to the rim, signed 'John Campbell 1934'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Height 14 cm

A John Campbell Tasmania pottery vase, drip glaze colours. Signed John Campbell Tasmania' 28 cm high

Small John Campbell vase, signed to base, 8.5 cm high

John Campbell green glaze pottery vase, signed to base. Height 10 cm approx

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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