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, 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
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, 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
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
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