Urns, Jardinieres and Flowerpots - Campbell, John, Ceramics
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...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.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.
A John Campbell pottery jardiniere, 1930s, a tapering pot with incised lines and a bordered rim, in a pleasing mottled blue and Prussian blue glaze to the exterior, blue and bright olive to the interior, inscribed F.P. John Campbell Tasmania, height 15 cm
A ceramic jug and jardiniere by John Campbell. 1920s-1930s, the waisted onion shaped jug with a simple 'C' handle in a burnt orange and amber glaze descending to mottled emerald green; the rectangular jardiniere with sharp triangular strap handles in a ric
John Campbell (attributed): Tasmanian Colonial pottery garden urn. Built in (2) section, inverted bell shaped with 2 handles. Green/blue & brown majolica glaze. Damaged rim, old repairs, missing a 7 cm piece of rim. Rare in any condition
A collection of Australian pottery vessels, circa 1930, comprising a large Remued vase, a John Campbell jardiniere, a Fowler Ware cylindrical vase, a Bendigo pottery vase and a Bennett Magill vase (5) the largest 33 cm high
A John Campbell large green jardiniere c1934, signed 17.5 x 15 cm, accompanied by: b) A John Campbell pink vase, 'John Campbell Tasmania hand made pottery' gold foil label applied to outside, signed. C1935. Height 10 cm. Diameter 9.5 cm rim. C) A green and
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