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 large green ash table bowl, mid 60's, impressed mark, 38.5 cm diameter

Len Castle deep footed bowl in heavy ash glaze, impressed mark, 26 cm diameter

Len Castle Avian form bowl, blue and green glaze effects to the interior, crackle type finish, impressed potter's mark to base. Diameter approx. 22 cm

Len Castle Avian bowl, small medium size, blue glazed interior, impressed mark. Diameter 22.5 cm

Len Castle bowl, similar to above. Diameter 19.5 cm

Len Castle lava red glazed earthenware bowl, short foot, impressed potter's mark. Diameter 20 cm

Len Castle earthenware wheel thrown bowl, copper blue glaze pooling to the well, impressed mark. Diameter 21.5 cm

Len Castle, Small avian bowl, with light blue glaze to interior, impressed initials

Len Castle, Sulphurous bowl, of hemispherical form in earthenware with crackled sulphur glaze, impressed initials to the base, Provenance: Graham Ambrose collection

Len Castle, Impressive and unique large Crater Lake bowl, white earthenware with grey stained exterior, alkaline blue glaze to the well and textured sculptured cavetto, incised initials and dated 2009 to the base, Provenance: Graham Ambrose collection. Thi

Len Castle, Large earthenware bowl, with texture alkaline blue glaze to the interior, impressed initials (hard to read)

A Len Castle stoneware bowl, circular, raised on a small tapering foot ring, green talc glaze to the interior and darker mottled green glaze to the exterior, impressed artist's cypher under the base. Diameter 38.5 cm

Len Castle ‘;mountainscape’ bowl with heavy feldspathic glaze, impressed mark, 18 cm diameter

Len Castle early semi matt talc glaze bowl, impressed mark, 25 cm diameter

Len Castle facet sided bowl c. late 1950s, impressed mark, 23 cm diameter

Len Castle semi matt talc glaze bowl, impressed mark, 30 cm diameter

Len Castle early semi matt talc glazes shallow bowl, impressed mark, 27.5 cm diameter

Len Castle Volcanic series bowl, impressed mark (obscured by glaze), 26.5 cm dia.

Len Castle shallow bowl, impressed mark, 30 cm dia.

Len Castle shallow bowl, impressed mark, 26.5 cm diameter

Len Castle shallow bowl, impressed mark, 31 cm diameter

Len Castle, alkaline pool shallow bowl c. 1995, impressed mark, 43 cm diameter

Len Castle, blue glazed bowl. Provenance: Jag Applied Art Collection

Len Castle, small lava bowl. Impressed mark, 14 cm diameter

A Len Castle shallow bowl, the centre with blue glaze graduating to a brown, impressed mark to base. Diameter 30 cm

Len Castle, stoneware pouring bowl, with green and tenmoku glaze, incised initials. Width 14.5 cm

Len Castle, unique earthenware alkaline blue glazed bowl, with impressed triangular decoration and dark stained exterior, incised LC mark. Diameter 38.5 cm

Len Castle, rare Sulphurous bowl, of unique smaller hemispherical form with vivid crackled glaze effects to the well, LC mark. Diameter 38 cm

Len Castle, Sulphurous bowl, of hemispherical form in earthenware with crackled sulphur glaze, LC mark. Diameter 45 cm

Len Castle, stoneware bowl, with blue jun type glaze to the well over a dark tenmoku ground, LC mark. Diameter 34 cm. Note: an almost identical example illustrated in <i>Len Castle Potter</i>, Ron sang and Len Castle 2002, p. 123

Len Castle, stoneware bowl, with oatmeal glaze, LC mark. Diameter 17 cm

Len Castle, Avian bowl, with alkaline blue glaze, impressed initials. Diameter 22 cm

A Len Castle Avian bowl, circular form, unglazed exterior and textured rim with stylised bird form head, dark green/blue glazed interior with darker highlights. Impressed potter's mark to base. Diameter 3.3 cm

A Len Castle bowl, glazed in bright blue, decorated to the interior with a pricked radiating pattern, impressed mark under the foot. Diameter 19 cm

Len Castle, large impressive stoneware bowl, with black mirror glaze entitled 'The Encroachment’, 1990s, LC mark, diameter 35 cm

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

Len Castle, black mirror glaze bowl, with jun glaze effects to the well, circa 1980s, LC mark, diameter 25 cm

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