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
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
Boyd Family, Victoria, 1946-1975
Includes AMB (Arthur Merric Boyd), David & Hermia Boyd, Guy Boyd, Martin Boyd and Merric Boyd.
Calyx Pottery, WA, 1920-1941
Includes Wembly Ware
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.
Ellis Pottery, Melbourne, 1953-1970
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.
Florenz Pottery, NSW, 1930s-1980s
Fowler Pottery, NSW & Vic, 1870-
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
Hoffman Pottery, Vic, 1930-
Includes Melrose Ware.
Little Sydney Pottery, NSW
Mashman Pottery, NSW, 1889-1957
McCredie Pottery, NSW, 1930s-1940s
MCP (Modern Ceramic Products), 1945-
Includes Mingay Ware. Some pieces are not marked.
Premier Potteries Preston (PPP), Vic, 1930-1955
Includes Remued and Pamela. Some small Remued pieces are only marked with a number.
Studio Anna Pottery, Vic, 1953-
Includes Fiana Ware.
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