Preserving
Australia's
Pottery Relics.

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We are always chasing pre 1930 Australian pottery.
Ginger Beer bottles, demijohns, teapots, water filters, butter coolers, bread plates, and more!
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Further Research

Moreton Pottery, Sydney
Leak Pottery, Sydney
Skinner Pottery, Sydney
Government Pottery, Sydney
McArthur Pottery, Sydney
Field Pottery, Sydney
Fowler Pottery, Sydney
Irrawang Pottery, Hunter Valley



Skinner Pottery

One of the earliest recorded potters was Samuel Skinner, who followed his convicted wife to the colony. Skinner arrived in 1801 and was one of the few skilled potters within the fledgling colony without the stigma of being a convict, as such he found his work to be in great demand.

Skinner immediately began to set up for the manufacture of earthenware at his premises, advertising this fact by 1803. The wares he made were for mostly utilitarian everyday household use; for the bedroom ewers and chamber vessels (toilet potties), tableware such as Tea Pots, cream jugs, mugs, cups, saucers, salt/mustard/pepper pots and lidded butter dishes, water jugs and even delicacies such as childrens tea sets.

By 1804 he had established a wholesale goods store at these premises to make ends meet, selling such goods as men and womens shoes, cloth, tea, tobacco, tinware, sewing goods, candles as well as his pottery items.


New South Wales Advertiser 8 July 1804

At this time he also made additions to his premises, advertising for four apprentices to aid him in his pottery. It is likely that Skinner did not have kilns at his premises and probably used the Government Pottery kilns at The Brickfields to fire his goods.

Skinner died in 1808, according to his wife, he worked himself to death. She appears to have carried on some aspects of the business, including smoking pipe manufacture, as her premises were broken into in 1808. She died from complications due to a broken leg, in 1810.

Sydney Gazette 9 October 1803

His establishment was at approximately todays 117-123 Pitt Street . Reference No 31 below.


Plan of Sydney by James Meehan Circa 1807

A later map of Sydney from 1832 below, shows buildings from that time. Note the Stream of the Tanks at rear


Sydney map 1832 showing Skinners Lease