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A6630 Wall vase, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,1946-1960. Click to enlarge.

Earthenware vase by Pates Potteries

Alfred Pate learnt to throw pottery in 1933 while working in the Bristolware Department at the Fowler pottery company. Pate began experimenting with the production of pottery from his garage in Campsie, and sold his wares throughout the neighbourhood. Increased demand encouraged Pate to expand and formally establish his business and in 1946 Pates Potteries Pty Ltd was formally registered, operating from a factory in Belmore. Capitalising on a post-war market with an increased demand for …


Object No.


Object Statement

Wall vase, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,1946-1960

Physical Description

Wall vase, earthenware, leaf shaped with brown and yellow glaze.


Maker's mark on back, stamped 'Pates Potteries Sydney Australia'.



229 mm


165 mm



Pottery situated at 61 Lakemba Street, Belmore, Sydney.



Alf Pate learnt to throw pottery at the Fowler Company in 1933, and began making and selling his own wares from his garage in Campsie. The popularity of his wares led Alf, assisted by his brother John and nephew Ron, to formally established Pates Potteries in 1946. The factory was constructed from Ex-Army Huts in Lakemba and operated until 1990. At its height in the 1950s Pates employed up to 95 staff.


Credit Line

Purchased 1977

Acquisition Date

15 August 1977

Cite this Object


Earthenware vase by Pates Potteries 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 December 2022, <>


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