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 spherical 'breast' pot in very dark oxide wash, late 60s, impressed mark, 13 cm diameter

Len Castle, Stoneware jug, with grey ash glaze over tenmoku, impressed initials

Len Castle, Stoneware jug, with saturated iron underglaze and grey flecked semi matt talc overglaze, impressed initials

Len Castle jug with ten moku glaze, impressed marks, 14 cm height

Len Castle triple pot, each with incised shoulders in deep variegated ash glaze, impressed mark, 23 cm width

Len Castle & Andrew Vander Putten coffee pot c1968, jointly marked, 18 cm height

An impressive large Len Castle branch pot, slab built, the near square body with tapered rectangular neck, flat rim, dark near-black tenmoku glaze with a striking chun glaze to the shoulder in variable pale blue tones, raised on four small lug feet, incise

Len Castle, large flagon with strap handle, in rich tessha style glaze, circa 1955, C mark, height 30 cm

Len Castle, tall conical flask, in colonial shino with green/grey interior glaze, height 28 cm

Len Castle, planter pot, in colonial shino glaze with heavily scored body, circa 1970, rare early 1970s mark, diameter 23 cm

Len Castle, rare jug form brush pot, with heavily textured body in green and brown ash glazes, circa 1970s, C mark, height 25 cm

Len Castle, medium size brush pot, in rare shino glaze, 1980s, height 24 cm

Len Castle, small stoneware brush pot, with heavily textured body in green and brown ash glazes with iron oxide wash, circa 1970s, C mark, height 19 cm

Len Castle, stoneware brush pot, with heavily textured body in green and brown ash glazes with iron oxide wash, circa 1970s, C mark, height 25 cm

Len Castle, large stoneware brush pot, with heavily textured body in green and brown ash glazes with iron oxide wash, circa 1970’s, C mark, height 32 cm

Len Castle, stoneware branch pot, with castellated edges with pale green ash glaze and brown rim, circa 1960s, C mark, height 32 cm

Len Castle, stoneware pouring flask, with applied medallion in iron oxide washed stoneware, circa 1980, LC mark, height 24 cm. Item number 75 from the Making the Molecules dance, page 8 of the catalogue.<br> Provenance: Purchased from Len Castle.

Len Castle, stoneware pouring flask, in oxide washed stoneware with green glaze interior, circa 1970, C mark, height 22 cm

Len Castle, large jug, with saturated iron underglaze and grey flecked semi matt talc overglaze, circa 1970s, C mark, height 35 cm

Len Castle, large ovoid flagon, with strap handle in dark ash glaze with tea dust effect, early 1960s, C mark, height 33 cm

Len Castle, large stoneware flagon, with triple strap handle and rope effect patterning, ash glaze body and oxide wash base, early 1960s, C mark, height 35 cm

Len Castle, stoneware flagon, with four necks in pale green ash glaze, circa 1960s, C mark, height 24 cm

Len Castle, stoneware jug, with grey ash glaze over tenmoku, impressed initials. Height 13.5 cm

Len Castle, early stoneware jug, with dark grey glaze impressed initials height 15.5 cm

Len Castle, Shino glaze stoneware jug, impressed initials height 11 cm

Shoji Hamada and Len Castle, stoneware lidded pot, with blue and white decoration. Height 14 cm

A Len Castle stoneware flagon, wood, ash and pumice (Waikato) containing glaze, impressed circular motifs to the front, Maltese cross form, strap form handle, impressed potter's mark to base. Noted by Len 'I'm 95% certain that this pot was in my first solo

A Len Castle stoneware coffee pot, iron underglaze to the upper section, the entire pot dipped into a semi-matte off-white talc containing glaze, original fitted lid, strap handle, impressed mark c.late 1960s. Height 21.5 cm

Len Castle, grass pot, impressed mark, 13 cm height, together with exhibition catalogue

Len Castle, stoneware carafe, made for the Deerstalkers Inn Ponsonby. Height 23 cm. Provenance: Graeme Fairey collection

A Len Castle stoneware slab pot with impressed sides, stamped to the base, circa 1980s. Height 35.5 cm. Width 31 cm. Diameter 18.5 cm

A Len Castle grey chun glaze jug spout nibbles, circa 1980s. Height 11.5 cm. Length 16 cm

Len Castle, stoneware brush pot cylindrical shape with textured surface with red and brown ash glaze, unglazed to the base impressed initials. Height 25 cm

Len Castle, stoneware bonsai pot with silver birch [small rim chip]

Len Castle, stoneware bonsai pot with coprosma [small rim chip]

Len Castle, stoneware bonsai pot with gardenia

Len Castle, large bonsai pot with gardenia

Len Castle, large stoneware bonsai pot with coprosma

Len Castle, stoneware flagon originally made for the Dees-stalkers Inn, Ponsonby road, Auckland incised initials. Height 20 cm. Provenance: from the collection of Ruth Butterworth

Len Castle. Carafe, unglazed with impressed medallion and iron oxide wash. Impressed mark. Height 24 cm. Diameter 14 cm

Len Castle. Jug, a small stoneware jug with tenmoku glaze, impressed mark. Height 10 cm. Width 13 cm

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