Learn about Castle, Len

Born in 1924, Len Castle completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Auckland in 1946. He was introduced to pottery at night classes while training to be a secondary school teacher. His career path turned after he won a scholarship to study with master potter Bernard Leach in St Ives, Cornwall. During this period, recalled Castle, he absorbed a strong work ethic and became strongly drawn to the Oriental aesthetic. Castle returned from England to a job teaching science at Auckland Teachers' College. In 1963, he left the Teachers' College and became a professional potter, and in the same year, was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand Society of Potters. In 1966, he won a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council fellowship, which he used to go to Japan and Hawaii. His trip cemented his love of Japanese pottery. In 1986, Castle was made a Commander of the British Empire and in 1990, he received a New Zealand Commemorative Medal, and in 2003 was made a Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit. Len Castle died in 2011.

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Len Castle, blue glazed bowl. Provenance: Jag Applied Art Collection

Len Castle, small lava bowl. Impressed mark, 14 cm diameter

A Len Castle shallow bowl, the centre with blue glaze graduating to a brown, impressed mark to base. Diameter 30 cm

Len Castle, stoneware pouring bowl, with green and tenmoku glaze, incised initials. Width 14.5 cm

Len Castle, unique earthenware alkaline blue glazed bowl, with impressed triangular decoration and dark stained exterior, incised LC mark. Diameter 38.5 cm

Len Castle, rare Sulphurous bowl, of unique smaller hemispherical form with vivid crackled glaze effects to the well, LC mark. Diameter 38 cm

Len Castle, Sulphurous bowl, of hemispherical form in earthenware with crackled sulphur glaze, LC mark. Diameter 45 cm

Len Castle, stoneware bowl, with blue jun type glaze to the well over a dark tenmoku ground, LC mark. Diameter 34 cm. Note: an almost identical example illustrated in <i>Len Castle Potter</i>, Ron sang and Len Castle 2002, p. 123

Len Castle, stoneware bowl, with oatmeal glaze, LC mark. Diameter 17 cm

Len Castle, Avian bowl, with alkaline blue glaze, impressed initials. Diameter 22 cm

A Len Castle Avian bowl, circular form, unglazed exterior and textured rim with stylised bird form head, dark green/blue glazed interior with darker highlights. Impressed potter's mark to base. Diameter 3.3 cm

A Len Castle bowl, glazed in bright blue, decorated to the interior with a pricked radiating pattern, impressed mark under the foot. Diameter 19 cm

Len Castle, large impressive stoneware bowl, with black mirror glaze entitled 'The Encroachment’, 1990s, LC mark, diameter 35 cm

Len Castle, stoneware bowl, in tenmoku glaze with red volcanic glaze effects to the well, 1980s, LC mark, diameter 26 cm

Len Castle, black mirror glaze bowl, with jun glaze effects to the well, circa 1980s, LC mark, diameter 25 cm

Len Castle, stoneware bowl, in tenmoku glazed stoneware with incised rim and jun glaze effects to the well, 1980s, C mark, diameter 28 cm

Len Castle, black stoneware bowl, with pooled green and turquoise glazes to the well, early 1990s, LC mark, diameter 21 cm. Provenance: from the Restless earth Moves Me exhibition at Rotorua Bathhouse Museum, 1992.<br> a similar bowl illustrated in

Len Castle, Volcanic series bowl, with jun and rutile glaze effects from multiple firings on a tenmoku ground, 1990s, LC mark, diameter 21 cm

Len Castle, Volcanic series bowl, with jun and rutile glaze effects, 1996, LC mark, diameter 20 cm

Len Castle, unique Volcanic series bowl, in turquoise and red glazes with heavily pitted well from multiple firings, 1990s, LC mark, diameter 23 cm

Len Castle, red Volcanic series bowl, of small size with red and white glaze effects from multiple firings, 1990s, LC mark, diameter 20 cm

Len Castle, a pair of black mirror glazed bowls, with 'Soapflake’ glaze effect to the well, 1990s, LC mark, diameter 20 cm

Len Castle, small brown glazed bowl, with wax resist quince blossom motif, circa 1970s, C mark, diameter 17 cm

Len Castle, early bowl, in tenmoku and jun glazes with quince blossom wax resist motif, 1970s, C mark, diameter 17 cm

Len Castle, early stoneware bowl, in oatmeal and brown glazes with quince blossom motif, 1980s, diameter 30 cm

Len Castle, large stoneware bowl, in green and brown ash glazes with wax resist quince blossom motif, circa 1960s, C mark, diameter 35 cm

Len Castle, stoneware bowl, in green and brown ash glaze with wax resist quince blossom motif, circa 1980s, diameter 28 cm

Len Castle, large tenmoku glazed bowl, with rutile speckled well, circa 1990s, LC mark, diameter 36 cm

Len Castle, large black mirror glaze bowl, with jun and rutile glaze effects in a radiating pattern to the well, 1990s, LC mark, diameter 39 cm

Len Castle, Rockpool bowl, hand formed and press moulded entitled 'The Rockpool’ in grey stained earthenware with blue glaze to the well, 2004, LC mark, diameter 40 cm. Illustrated: Making the Molecules dance: Len Castle Ceramics a retrospective

Len Castle, Sulphurous bowl, of hemispherical form with vivid crackled glaze effects to the well, circa 2010, LC mark, diameter 45 cm

Len Castle, rare salt glazed bowl, with poured glaze bands. Westmere kiln, 1954, diameter 23 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed bowl, with crab motif in white, 1955, C mark, diameter 23 cm, This bowl was in the first ever craft show in a public gallery in 1955 with Isle von Randow and Len Castle at the Auckland city Art gallery. Illustrated: Making the Mole

Len Castle, crumb Brickworks flared bowl, with a narrow foot in the song style with rutile glaze effects to the well and salt glaze, circa 1950, C mark, diameter 19 cm

Len Castle, earthenware press moulded bowl, with grey stained exterior and sculptured cavetto and rich turquoise well, 1995. Made for the vendor by special order, LC mark, diameter 48 cm

Len Castle, red lava crater lake bowl, the large deep bowl with red cadmium selenium lava glaze pooling to the well, C. 2000, LC mark, diameter 39 cm

Len Castle, small crater lake bowl, white earthenware with grey stained exterior and blue glazed well. Rare smaller version of this classic form, LC mark, diameter 23 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed earthenware bowl, with Carnival glaze effect to the well in blue and yellow on a white ground, 1998. This is one of a number of different retro pieces Len Castle did in in 1998 to commemorate 50 years working as a potter, C mark, d

Len Castle, classic moustache bowl, in saturated iron underglaze and semi matt talc overglaze in white, 1960s, C mark, diameter 30 cm

Len Castle, early bowl, in heavy feldspathic glaze with fern fronds motif and Isihaze quartz pebble effect, circa 1960s, C mark, diameter 30 cm. Illustrated: Cone ten Down, page 129.

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