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, conical fossil form, in grey stained white earthenware representing a 42 million year old form, circa 2000, LC mark, diameter 24 cm. The lot comes with two of the actual fossils, provided by the artist that the work is based on.

Len Castle, fossil, earthenware with textured surface, impressed initials, length 16 cm

Len Castle, fossil, lidded stoneware box. Impressed initials to the base

Len Castle, fossil form bottle, white earthenware with textured surface. Length 14 cm

Len Castle, fossil, elliptical shape with unglazed textured surface and blue alkaline glazed well. Provenance: From the Neil and Fay Castle Collection. Length 12 cm

Len Castle, fossil, earthenware with unglazed textured surface. Circa 2004, impressed initials. Provenance: From the Neil and Fay Castle Collection. Length 12 cm

Len Castle, fossil, starfish form in earthenware. Circa 2004, impressed initials. Provenance: From the Neil and Fay Castle Collection. Length 14 cm

Len Castle, fossil, compressed oval earthenware form with textured surface. Circa 2004, impressed initials. Provenance: From the Neil and Fay Castle Collection. Diameter 16 cm

Len Castle, fossil, ovoid earthenware form, with textured surface. Circa 2004, impressed initials. Provenance: From the Neil and Fay Castle Collection. Diameter 17 cm

Len Castle, deep bowl with rich blue heavily textured well and grey stained exterior, from the 'Gondwanaland Fossil' Series c.2000 (rim frit). Incised initials, 30 cm diameter

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