|Diana trough vase measuring approximately 21cm long
Diana pottery is still readily available and often turns up in antique & collectables fairs. It makes a great introduction into collecting Australian pottery. You may even be able to pick up some pieces for under $10 if you are lucky. More information about Diana Pottery can be found on the Australian Pottery website by Sam Kelly.
|Impressed 'Diana AUSTRALIA' mark with 'T6' (probably a pattern number)
The second vase is one that my wife gave to me as a present last Christmas. It is a drip glazed canoe shaped trough vase made by Bennett Pottery of Adelaide.
|Canoe trough vase measuring approximately 29cm long
I had seen this actual vase for sale a number of times at different collectables fair over the past year and had even discussed buying it from the stall holder (who I knew from my Bottle and Collectables Club). Each time I couldn't make my mind up to buy it or not. I'm glad Karen finally decided to buy it for me.
We had seen many similar vases to this one when we lived in Melbourne. Each antique centre seemed to have one or two somewhere on a shelf. It almost became an ongoing joke for us as each time we saw one we would say something like "Look! There's another canoe vase." I am not sure if any of these vases were from Bennett Pottery but I am sure that some were from Bendigo Pottery. Wish I had bought one now although I don't remember them being as good quality as this Bennetts one.
|Underside of vase showing Bennett Adelaide mark (rather indistinct)