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Redbyrne Potteries, Shepparton

Waterson, Robert

An article on Redbyrne Potteries, Shepparton written by Robert Waterson has just been added to Australian Potters’ Marks. Rob and his wife Dawn established the pottery in 1975 and it continued in operation until 2002. The pottery site at 225 Old Dookie Road is about to be developed for housing and Rob wanted to make sure that there was a record of the artistic endeavour that had flourished there for three decades. The majority of the items made at the pottery have a characteristic red-brown glaze which Rob tells us was made up of two glazes – a glossy saturated iron glaze applied first with a matt rutile glaze applied over. Items are impressed ‘Redbyrne Potteries Shepparton’ and from the 1980s onwards, the mark also includes the individual potter’s name.

Illustrated: Rob’s own mark – ‘Robert Waterson Redbyrne Potteries’ (impressed) with ‘Waterson’ also signed in oxide.


23 thoughts on “Redbyrne Potteries, Shepparton

  1. Hello I have collected quite a bit of the pottery, I recently aquired 4 canisters with lids
    Unfortunately one has a repaired crack and chips on the rest the pots are in good condition
    I wasn’t aware the pottery had closed
    As I’m trying to see if any lids are available or someone who could make some
    Let me know if any information is available
    Many thanks


    Posted by Michelle Burton | August 15, 2013, 12:37 pm
  2. Sorry Michelle, don’t know where you will get a lid.We did a great trade making lids for other people’s pots,as nobody likes doing this as the shrinkage rate from wet to fired is difficult to measure. Cheers Rob.W.


    Posted by Rob.Waterson. | August 22, 2013, 12:24 pm
    • Mr Waterson, After 25 years my family continues our daily use of the pottery that Redbyrne potteries manufactured. I wish the pottery was still operating as I would continue to be a customer and would love to replace the few pieces that have been lost to constant use. Thank you. Chris Jones


      Posted by Christopher Jones | March 20, 2014, 2:58 pm
  3. Thanks, Rob, for answering Michelle’s query. Michelle, it may be that the only way to solve your problem is to keep an eye out on eBay for a replacement. Canisters, single and in sets, do come up from time to time.


    Posted by Judith | August 22, 2013, 1:38 pm
  4. I remember the pottery well Rob. I have held on to various pieces, and added to these when I have seen them again. Some have your signature and I particularly care for these. Glad to see you adding to the ‘potters marks’ as I have a lot of Australian pieces, collected over many years, and so often I have forgotten the maker or the pottery.


    Posted by Wendy Donald | November 2, 2013, 9:13 am
  5. Hello,
    I have a spice container that I feel must be Redbyrne, but the signature underneath is R.Harris.
    Can anyone shed some light on this please?
    Regards, Fay


    Posted by Fay Barnes | July 16, 2014, 8:33 pm
  6. Rob, I have a large platter, made by you, with your signature. It has given us pleasure for many years ( not sure when we bought it, perhaps in 1985 for our 25th Wedding anniversary) and has been in use ever since. Thank you for a beautiful piece of pottery.


    Posted by Mary Virr | September 17, 2014, 10:51 am
  7. I have a bread crock and lid I am sure I bought at Redbyrne Pottery around 1996 but it does not have a mark or signature. We even had to get a replacement crock when a builder broke the first one. Were ” seconds” available at all, without the marks?


    Posted by Heather Stewart | January 21, 2015, 7:36 pm
  8. I have a six setting dinner set (3 different size plates) of Redbyrne pottery with pottery napkin rings, accesseries, 2 sets of different bowls, saucers and mugs and cups , jug, platter, utensil holder, tooth pick holder and small vase . Most in perfect condition. Is anyone interested in purchasing this?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Barb | January 21, 2015, 9:29 pm
    • Hi Barb, best of luck with selling your dinner set but I’m not sure how many potential buyers will see your comment here. Places like eBay, Quicksales or Gumtree are better set up to support online sales.


      Posted by Judith | January 21, 2015, 10:25 pm
      • E bay. I am still getting phone calls after eight years for dinner set pieces. Cheers. Rob.


        Posted by Robert waterson | March 2, 2015, 8:54 pm
    • Hi Barb, Like you I have a large collection of Redbyrne. If you are unsuccessful selling the set as a whole and decide to split it up, I would be interested in buying your dinner plates.


      Posted by Cristin | February 20, 2016, 11:55 pm
  9. Rob I have 2 pieces of pottery that were in April 1985 with some symbol on the front like a popes hat and a shield. one piece was yours which was a plate and the other is a vase with Gilbert Buchanan and I have been told these are rare but nobody can tell me what they represent.or the value.


    Posted by Jennifer Dean | September 15, 2015, 2:53 pm
  10. Hi i have had your pottery since 1982 and still use it every day. I have a 8 peace dinner set with candle holders s/pepper milk jug teacups sugar bowle with the most beautiful teapot and coffee pot.Then there the kitchen canisters spaghetti holder herb & spicy jars and pickle bowls and egg cups. I have had such pleasure over the years using it in my home. I never grow tired of it and always wanted to add to my collection but never got around to it. Just like to say thank you for being so creative and making something so special i can pass on to my daughter. Thank you very much Mr Waterson.


    Posted by maria pepperall | June 17, 2016, 12:32 am
  11. Hi Rob,

    Can you please tell me if Redbyrne ever made teapots?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Cristin | July 17, 2016, 7:38 pm

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