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.
Len Castle, double necked vase form in blue/black semi matt talc glaze over saturated iron underglaze, impressed early mark, 30 cm height. Stolen from Royal oak Hotel by band 'The pretty Things' in 1965 and returned. Glued to hotel counter for next 16 year
Len Castle stoneware Robust vase, the square section base flaring to four rounded shoulders below a circular neck and rim. Wood ash glaze speckled with iron. Impressed cipher, early 1960s, the base with an exhibition sticker marked 49 6 Gns. Height 26 cm
Len Castle, lobed large vase, the squat ovoid form with a curved broad neck and bulbous rim, the exterior walls of encircling corrugated bands, then indented vertically at three points, calcite, semi-matt glaze with some crazing, thin wash of cobalt carbon
Len Castle slab formed square section tall bottle vase with an applied wheel thrown curved short neck, semi-matt mottled ochre ash and iron glazed. Impressed cipher 1950 - 1994. Note; wall chip. Height 36 cm.
We do not automatically renew subscriptions, however you will be contacted prior to the expiry date and you may choose to renew if you wish.
We offer library subscriptions at competitive rates for both in-library access via IP address and off-library access through EZproxy software or similar. One subscription covers all libraries in your group.