Sydney firm Bakewell Brothers was founded in 1884 in the suburb of Erskineville. They started out by making bricks and pipes as well as domestic wares for the kitchen and pantry as did most Australian Potteries. During the 1930s Bakewell introduced what has become an iconic line of Australian Art Pottery - The ‘Newtone’ range.
Much of it consisted of drip ware like the pieces pictured here in the first group of photos. This was a "golden age" for Australian pottery, and this style of art pottery with its drip glazes was hugely popular. Because of that, it is still relatively plentiful and easy to find at garage sales, auctions, antique shops and sometimes even in op-shops.
These are some pieces of Newtone pottery I have or have had before:
The blue and cream colours seem to be harder to find, but they are around. The superb group of blues below is from a lovely Sydney blog Re:Retro, where the second beautifully styled photo of Newtone Ware is also from:
One of the artists employed at Bakewell's in the 1930s and 1940s was Daisy Merton (1889-1972). Her work often featured Australian bush scenes or flora and fauna. Her work is some of the most highly valued and highly collectable of Australian pottery - (and naturally usually very expensive) . The photo below of a Daisy Merton piece is from Carter's price guide which also shows her signature on the side.
...And the next magic piece by Daisy is from Collectors Path , who specialise in Australian Pottery
And back to reality :(......In the 1950s, Bakewell introduced a line called "Trent" which you might find from time to time in Australia as well, much in the same style as the Newtone range. Beulah Ware is another line produced by Bakewells in this period - but seems to be quite hard to find.
Bakewell closed in 1955, marking an end to this golden era in Australian Pottery. It is unlikely you will come across this pottery outside Australia, but if you do I would love to know.