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89/1285 Vase, earthenware, made by Bendigo Pottery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1949. Click to enlarge.

A Bendigo Pottery wheel thrown vase.

Made by Bendigo Pottery in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1949.

This vase forms part of a collection that was donated to the museum in the late 1980s by Dr Robert Lyons. This significant collection consists of over 500 Australian artware ceramics, along with some studio pieces, forming the most comprehensive holding of Australian commercial ceramics. The significance of this [vase] lies not only in its relation to the prized Lyons collection, but through its connection to one of Australia’s oldest, and most distinguished, pottery companies, which continues t...


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Object Statement

Vase, earthenware, made by Bendigo Pottery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1949

Physical Description

Vase, earthenware, made by Bendigo Pottery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1949

An earthenware, wheel-thrown vase that has a globular form with low foot rim and small averted rim. The exterior features an opaque sprayed glaze with the upper body bright yellow grading to an opaline green on the lower body. The interior and underside of the vase have been white glazed.



120 mm



The jug was made by Bendigo Pottery in Bendigo Victoria between 1930 and 1949.



This vase was made by Bendigo Pottery, which opened in Bendigo, Victoria, in 1857 and continues to run today. The firm was established by George Guthrie, who moved to Australia from Scotland to join the Australian goldrush of the 1850s. Although Guthrie did not find success as a prospector he recognised fine clays in the goldfields and began making ceramics for the many customers that the goldrush supplied. Before plastics were introduced ceramics were used for a far wider range of products than they are today, and throughout its long history Bendigo Pottery has produced a wide range of domestic and industrial wares.

Hammond, Victoria (ed), 'Australian Ceramics', Sheparton Art Gallery, 1987
O'Hoy, Dennis R., 'Bendigo Pottery: Selected Wares from 1857 to the Present Day', Bendigo Art Gallery, 1989
Bilney, Elizabeth (ed), 'Decorative Arts and Design from the Powerhouse Museum', Powerhouse Publishing, 1991


Credit Line

Gift of Dr Robert J Lyons under the Tax Incentive for the Arts Scheme, 1989

Acquisition Date

22 December 1989

Cite this Object


A Bendigo Pottery wheel thrown vase. 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 August 2019, <>


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