Chimney Pots, Sydney, AU


Old historical buildings in the city of Sydney, Australia still have those

short earthenwares sitting on top of their chimneys. These architectural “ad-ons” are called Chimney Pots which are hand made.


Their main function is to increase draft through the chimney.

Since global warming concerns discourage the use of coal to warm buildings, hearths and chimneys have become relics of the past.


Chimney pots are now mainly used in Sydney as decorative accents to houses and buildings to give them that Old World flavour look that was

so common for the old days.

The new handmade chimney pots come in a variety of colors,

shapes, sizes, and styles. Those small companies in Sydney who

still manufacture them still make them by hand and bake them in kilns.


Chimney pots serve as reminders of the past and of good craftsmanship.

chimney pots, Syndey, Australia


History of Clay Pottery in Australia:

  • 1788 – Clay from Australia was sent to Josiah Wedgwood in England for suitability in making pottery. The “Sydney Cove Medallion” was made from this clay sample. The Medallion is a neoclassical style relief sculpture symbolizing Hope, Peace, Labour, and Art.
  • 1801 – Samuel Skinner, a free settler who married a convict, was the very first pottery maker to settle in Australia. His work was in great demand until his death in 1807 from over exhaustion.
  • 1830s – A pottery shop in Glebe, Sydney was founded by Enoch Fowler. He manufactured clay pipes, terra cotta tiles, chimney pots and other products for commercial use.
    Brunswick Pottery and Brickworks the same type of products well into the 1950s.
  • 1840s – Pottery manufacturing shops in South Australia were built in Northwood, Kensington, and Thebart.
  • 1858 – George Guthrie established the Bendigo Pottery which is still well known to this day.
  • 1876 – Saw the establishment of the Lithgow Valley Colliery Company which produced domestic items such as bedpans, jugs, teapots, bowls, and jars. This company closed on 1896.
  • 1881 – John Campbell bought a branch of Brunswich Pottery in Launceston which was first built in the 1870s. The first in the country to use electricity in manufacturing, the company later changed its name to Campbell Electric Pottery. By 1926, it had again changed its name. This time to J. Campbell Pty Limited and continued to produce household pottery until it’s closing in 1959.
  • 1885 – The Mashman Brothers and James Sandison teamed up to start the Mashman Brothers Pottery in Sydney at Chatswood. They produced fine quality salt-glazed wares until they sold out in 1959 to Royal Doulton.
  • 1890s – The ever entrepreneurial Baker Brothers, who were primarily brick makers, expanded their business to include domestic pottery making. They were in this business until 1955.
  • 1929 – Premier Pottery, which specialized in “Remued” wares, was established in Preston Melbourne.
  • 1940 – Diana Ware, started by Eric Lowe in Marrickville, Sydney, produced domestic pottery well into 1970s.