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, slip trailed earthenware pin dish, with the image of a lobster in white with coloured highlights on a brown ground, rare example mid 1950s, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed pin dish, with a school of fish to the well in white on a blue ground, mid 1950s, C mark, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed earthenware pin dish, with Carnival glaze effect in white and blue on a brown ground, mid 1950s, C mark, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed pin dish, decorated with a fish motif in white on an orange ground, mid-1950s, C mark, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed pin dish, in earthenware with two animal figures to the well in white on a green ground, circa mid-1950s, C mark, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed pin dish, in earthenware with two abstract figures in dark green on a green background, circa mid-1950s, C mark, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed pin dish, with two centipede figures in black on a yellow ground, mid 1950s, C mark, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, slip trailed pin dish, in white earthenware with the image of two humanoid figures to the well in white on a grey ground, circa mid-1950s, C mark, diameter 10 cm

Len Castle, stoneware dish, with matt green glaze, impressed initials. Diameter 24 cm

Len Castle, stoneware lidded casserole dish, with ash glaze, impressed initials. Width 30 cm

Len Castle, stoneware dish, with shino glaze impressed initials Depth 30 cm

Len Castle, early stoneware dish, with slip glaze on a blue ground Depth 14 cm

Len Castle, small stoneware lidded casserole dish, with ash and tenmoku glaze unsigned width 18 cm

Len Castle, shallow dish, impressed mark, 38 cm length

Len Castle, dish, impressed mark, 28 cm diameter

Len Castle, slab dish, impressed mark, 31.5 cm length

Len Castle, stoneware dish with shino glaze impressed initials. Length 37 cm

Len Castle, large stoneware dish with Japanese impressed decoration impressed initials. Repaired hairline crack. length 41 cm

Len Castle, dish, impressed mark, 35 cm diameter (faults)

Len Castle, dish, impressed mark, 35 cm diameter

Len Castle, circular stoneware dish, celadon type glaze, impressed initials to the base. Diameter 29 cm

Len Castle, rare early rectangular stoneware dish, impressed with a flower design, impressed initials to the base. Length 31 cm, This dish was one of a small number which were made for Len Castle s first exhibition in Japan in 1967.

Len Castle, unique stoneware mosaic dish, green crackled surface over a blue glaze, incised initials to the base. Diameter 35 cm. Provenance: from the collection of Graham Ambrose

Len Castle, stoneware dish, with shino glaze, impressed initials to the base. Diameter 16 cm

Len Castle, stoneware dish, with jun type glaze with copper pigment, impressed initials to the base. Diameter 27 cm

Len Castle, stoneware dish, with jun type glaze with copper pigment, impressed initials to the base. Diameter 26 cm

Len Castle, rectangular stoneware dish, with impressed decoration to the well, ash glazed with tenmoku to the rim, impressed initials to the base, length 38 cm

Len Castle, stoneware dish, with shino glaze and combed decoration to the well, impressed initials, diameter 30 cm, an almost identical example illustrated: Len Castle: 'Making the Molecules Dance', p. 202.

Len Castle, stoneware dish, rectangular from with shino-type glaze, incised initials to the base, length 30 cm. Provenance: Castle family collection

Len Castle, stoneware dish, of shallow rectangular shape with oatmeal glaze with iron spotting, impressed initials, length 61 cm. Provenance: Castle family collection.

Len Castle, stoneware slip glazed dish, decorated with intertwined snakes, impressed mark, diameter 10.5 cm

Len Castle, lidded casserole dish, ash glazed, impressed initials to the base, width 30 cm

Len Castle, stoneware lidded casserole dish, with ash glaze, impressed initials to the base, width 22 cm

Len Castle, stoneware dish, with jun type glaze to the interior, tenmoku to the exterior, impressed initials to the base, length 30 cm

Len Castle, dish, stoneware with blue mottled interior. Impressed mark. Height 3.5 cm. Diameter 14.5 cm

Len Castle (attributed), platters, a stoneware shino glazed platter with a thick rolled edge and a baking dish with similar glaze (2). Height 6 cm. Length 38 cm

Len Castle, pair of stoneware dishes, one with a reducing red glaze over tenmoku, the other with a reducing olive green glaze over tenmoku (hairline crack), each with impressed initials to base. Diameter 31 cm x 31 cm each

Len Castle, stoneware dish. Impressed initials to the base. Diameter 35 cm

Len Castle, Tongariro Track marker, stoneware dish with umber pigmented textured surface, stippled well with alkaline blue glaze. Impressed initials to base. Diameter 35 cm. Made for the exhibition 'Mountain to the sea’

Len Castle, Tongariro Track marker, stoneware dish with textured surface, red lava glaze to the well. Impressed initials to base. Diameter 34 cm. Made for the exhibition 'Mountain to the sea’

Len Castle, an early slip glazed dish, decorated with intertwined worms. Diameter 10.5 cm

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