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

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, Volcanic crucible pouring vessel, with grey attained exterior and cadmium/selenium lava glaze to the well, circa 1993, LC mark, diameter 39 cm, applied cloth label to the base no 117 from the 1994 LC retrospective “Making the Molecules da

Len Castle, rare inverted Volcano, with turquoise/blue interior, moulded earthenware with grey stained exterior. One of two ever made with this particular glaze, LC mark, width 86 cm

Len Castle, red inverted Volcano, moulded earthenware with grey stained exterior and cadmium/selenium red lava glaze interior. Early version of this style 1995, LC mark, width 86 cm

Len Castle, Inverted Volcano, moulded earthenware with matt black exterior and interior red lava glaze, the jagged rim with splashes and spills of the red lava glaze. Width 85 cm

Len Castle, Inverted Volcano, moulded earthenware, with matt black exterior and interior red lava glaze, the jagged rim with splashes and spills of red lava glaze. Width 85 cm

Len Castle, volcanic series red bowl (only known one), impressed mark, 44 cm diameter

Len Castle. Inverted Volcano, earthenware vase with red lava glaze to the interior and textured grey exterior, impressed mark. Height 18.5 cm. Length 86 cm

Len Castle, rare inverted volcano, moulded earthenware, grey texture exterior and alkaline blue glaze to interior, impressed initials to base. Length 870 mm. This rare blue glazed inverted volcano is one of only three made by Len Castle.

Len Castle, volcanic bomb, earthenware with red lava glaze to the interior, impressed initials, length 20 cm

Len Castle, inverted volcano, moulded earthenware with grey textured exterior and red lava glaze to the interior, impressed initials to the base, length 86 cm

Len Castle, inverted volcano, moulded earthenware, grey textured exterior with red lava glaze to the interior, impressed initials, width 87 cm

Len Castle, unique early inverted Volcano form, textured exterior with green glazed well, unmarked. Width 67 cm. Provenance: Len Castle family collection

Len Castle, inverted Volcano vase, moulded earthenware, dark green texture exterior and rich lava red glaze to interior with unique ribbing. Impressed initials to base. Length 84.5 cm

Len Castle, inverted Volcano vase, moulded earthenware, grey texture exterior and lava red glaze to interior. Impressed initials to base. Length 84.5 cm

Len Castle, volcanic lava red glazed bowl, earthenware with cadmium-selenium lava glaze, impressed initials to the base. Provenance: From the Neil and Fay Castle Collection. Diameter 39 cm

Len Castle, volcanic bomb, earthenware. Circa 2007, impressed initials. Provenance: From the Neil and Fay Castle Collection. Length 19 cm

Len Castle, lava bowl from the Volcanic Series with deep red glazed well and heavily striatted rim (af). Impressed mark, 30 cm diameter

Len Castle, inverted Volcano, moulded vase, with grey textured exterior and red lava glaze interior. Length 85 cm

Len Castle massive charger in turquoise and blue glazes with appliqued textured clay panel to the well (circa 1988/90, this was one of the development pieces for the Volcanic series shown at the Seville Expo 1992), impressed Lc mark. Diameter 53 cm

A large ovoid pot by Len Castle, with rust coloured glaze breaking over volcanic blue, the neck with four pierced holes. Height 38 cm. Width 32 cm

Len Castle 'Volcanic and Geothermal' series large bowl, wheel thrown earthenware, turquoise and copper glaze to the interior, grey matt exterior and sculptured internal rim, fired to 1075 degrees C, impressed potters mark. Width 46.5 cm. Height 12 cm Est.

Len Castle 'Volcanic & Geothermal' series shallow bowl, wheel thrown earthenware, lava red glaze to the interior, matt black pigmented exterior and hand sculptured rim, impressed potters mark to base. Diameter 46 cm. Height 11 cm Est. $950

Len Castle earthenware 'Inverted Volcano' bowl form the exterior with a black wash, the jagged rim with splashes and spills of the glossy molten lava red with black, a combination of the cadmium-selenium glazed interior, spilling over the matt black exteri

Len Castle inverted volcano vase, experimental form with shortened ends, red lava glaze interior and pale grey exterior (restored). Impressed mark, 68 cm

Len Castle 'Inverted Volcano' moulded vase form with a matt grey textured exterior, red lava glaze to the interior, black highlights and an impressed mark to the base

Len Castle earthenware volcanic lava red lipped bowl the exterior and crusted lip with white burning slip biscuit surface, the well of red lava glaze with black molten effects, impressed initials. Diameter 34.5 cm. Height 10 cm.

Len Castle earthenware volcanic lava red glazed bowl an elegant form of substantial proportions, cadmium-selenium lava glaze, incised initials. Diameter 41.2 cm. Height 14 cm.

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