Australian Pottery Makers A-Z 1850-1970

I have been a big fan of old Australian pottery and ceramics since I started collecting more than 30 years ago. I apologise in advance for using the term ‘pottery’ when I intend to include Australian makers of ‘ceramics’ as well. Indeed, many potteries made both.

I am most interested in humble domestic items, by which I mean those that most homes could afford to have and use everyday. The job of cataloguing highly collectable and rare pottery and ceramics produced in small numbers by makers will have to go to someone else.

Fortunately I photographed a lot of the pottery that I have bought, sold and collected.

I have also read a lot on the internet and have collected and read some great books on the subject.

On this page I will share with you the domestic pottery history that I have been exposed to, the photos I have taken, the great books I have read and websites that I have accessed.

Makers in Alphabetical Order

Bakewells Pottery Sydney, NSW, 1891-1955

Includes Beulah Ware, Newtone Art Ware and Trent Art Ware. Not all Bakewells pieces are marked.

See my Article specifically on Bakewells Pottery

Bakewells Striped Jugs & Bowls

Bakewells Striped Jugs & Bowls

Australian Pottery

Bakewells Trent Art Ware Vases

Australian Pottery

Bakewells Newtone Art Ware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bendigo Pottery, Epsom Victoria, 1857 – present

Includes Waverley Ware, Marble Ware, Raynham and Epsomware.

The Bendigo Pottery is Australia’s oldest continually operating pottery.  They produced a large range on unglazed terracotta, glazed stoneware, pipes, jars and other commercial and domestic pots.  Later they produced Bristol glazed stoneware, Rockingham glazed earthenware, Majolica ware and bread platters.  Most of these early pieces are not marked.

By the 1930s they were producing Art Ware known as Waverley Ware, and in the 1940s Marble Ware.  In the 1970s they produced the salt glazed Epson Ware range.  Most of these later pieces are clearly marked.

In the 1970s they launched the Epsomware range of household ceramics. The handmade nature and earthy tones of these salt-glazed items went on to influence an entire generation of art potters.

Ref: “Australian Domestic Pottery – A Collector’s Guide”, William & Dorothy Hall, 1992, Kangaroo Press, Australia

For more on Bendigo Pottery goto http://www.nma.gov.au/collections/highlights/bendigo-pottery-collection

Bendigo Pottery Epsom Vase

Bendigo Pottery Epsom Vase

Bendigo Pottery Epsom Salt Pig

Bendigo Pottery Epsom Salt Pig

Australian Pottery

Raynham Slipware Vase

Australian Pottery

Raynham Stamp

 

 

 

 

Australian Pottery

Bendigo Pressed Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boyd Family, Victoria, 1946-1975

Includes AMB (Arthur Merric Boyd), David & Hermia Boyd, Guy Boyd, Martin Boyd and Merric Boyd.

Australian Pottery

Martin Boyd Ramekins (least collectable)

Australian Pottery

Martin Boyd Incised Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calyx Pottery, WA, 1920-1941

Includes Wembly Ware

Wembley Ware Float Bowl

Calyx Wembly Ware Large Float Bowl

Wembley Ware Float Bowl

Calyx Wembly Ware Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Pottery, NSW, 1941-1966

Not all Diana pieces are marked. I have had Ikebana vases that are not marked.

See my Blog specifically on Diana Pottery.

Diana Pottery

Diana Pottery

Diana Nefertiti Casserole

Diana Nefertiti Casseroles

Diana Pottery Jug Gold

Diana Pottery Jug Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellis Pottery, Melbourne, 1953-1970

Ellis S&P Sugar & Vinegar

Ellis S&P Sugar & Vinegar

Australian Pottery

Ellis Sgraffito Vase

Australian Pottery

Ellis Incised Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elke Pottery, Melbourne, 1960-1979

The Elke Pottery was established in the suburb of Clayton by German immigrants Karl-Heinz and Ellen David.  The incised mark ‘Elke Aust’ is often mistaken for ‘Ellis Aust’ and often includes a shape number.

Elke Wine Carafe & Cups

Elke Wine Carafe & Cups – for sale 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florenz Pottery, NSW, 1930s-1980s

Florenz Canisters

Florenz Canisters (Least collectable)

Florenz Vase

Florenz Stoneware Vase

Florenz Bottle

Florenz Incised Mark

Florenz Canisters

Florenz Sticker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fowler Pottery, NSW & Vic, 1870-

Fowler Canisters

Fowler Canisters

Fowler Ware Large Jug

Fowler Ware Large Jug

R Fowler Crock 1916

R Fowler Crock 1916

R Fowler Ltd Back Stamp

R Fowler Ltd Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunda Pottery, Melbourne, 1956-1977

Gunda Pottery was founded in a Melbourne garage by Gundaris Lusis, a Latvian immigrant.  Lusis’ pottery reflected European abstract art and design. The importance of this modernist Pottery has only recently been recognised.

There is a great article on this pottery on the Craft Victoria website at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/21410/20100324-1024/www.craftvic.asn.au/craftlife/craftculture/waterman.html

Australian Pottery

Gunda Pottery

Australian Pottery

Gunda Pottery Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoffman Pottery, Vic, 1930-

Includes Melrose Ware.

Australian Pottery

Hoffman Melrose Ware Trough

Australian Pottery

Melrose Ware Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood, 1950s

Hollywood Trough

Hollywood Trough

Hollywood Trough

Hollywood Incised Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Sydney Pottery, NSW

The Little Sydney Pottery

The Little Sydney Pottery

The Little Sydney Pottery

Little Sydney Pottery Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kalmar

For Sale

Kalmar Shell Vase

Australian Pottery

Kalmar Incised Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashman Pottery, NSW, 1889-1957

Regal Mashman Posy Vase

Regal Mashman Posy Vase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCredie Pottery, NSW, 1930s-1940s

McCredie NSW ikebana vase

McCredie Ikebana Vase

McCredie NSW Scalloped Bowl

McCredie Scalloped Bowl

McCredie NSW back stamp

McCredie NSW Incised Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCP (Modern Ceramic Products), 1945-

Includes Mingay Ware. Some pieces are not marked.

MCP Mingay Organic Bowl

MCP Mingay Organic Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pates Pottery

Pates Collection

Pates Pottery Collection

Pates Pottery Backstamp

Pates Pottery Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premier Potteries Preston (PPP), Vic, 1930-1955

Includes Remued and Pamela. Some small Remued pieces are only marked with a number.

Australian Pottery

Small Premier Remued Vase

Australian Pottery

Remued Incised Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Anna Pottery, Vic, 1953-

Includes Fiana Ware.

Studio Anna Incised Square Dish

Studio Anna Incised Square Dish

Australian Pottery

Studio Anna Sticker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Websites

http://ozpotterycollectors.com/index.html particularly for Ginger Beer bottles, Demijohns, etc

http://www.australianpotteryatbemboka.com.au/ for pottery from the last 50 years.

https://australianpottersmarks.wordpress.com/ for pottery from the last 50 years.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/austpots/  “Identifying Australian Pottery 1960s to Date”

Happy bargain hunting and collecting