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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A large Len Castle wall vase, stylised winged form with concentric incised circle decoration to the tapered edges, matt umber glazed finish, lug supports for hanging to the reverse, maker's initials incised in script to the reverse. Width 37.5 cm, heig
A Len Castle blue 'alkaline pool' bowl, the interior with scattered bubbling glaze ranging from turquoise to a deep central cobalt pool and similarly to the exterior. Impressed potter's cypher under the base. Maximum diameter 39 cm
A Len Castle red crater bowl, the interior with swirling magma red glaze, the sculpted matt grey rim suggesting alkaline deposits, the black exterior glaze resembling lava. Impressed potter's cypher under the base. Maximum diameter 49 cm
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
A good Len Castle wax resist blossom branch pot, press moulded stoneware, the saturated iron underglaze with wax resist blossom decoration and rutile over-glaze, impressed potter's mark to base. 31.5 cm x 17 cm x 365. Provenance: Purchased directly from th
An early c.1970s Len Castle ash glazed pouring vessel, wide tapered body, narrow short spout with curved lip below, the waisted neck with original cork-ended stopper, the variable grey glaze with iron spotting, impressed potter's mark. Height 19 cm
Len Castle, large Sea Secret, earthenware of flat oval form with radiating cut ribs, the surface with a dark green wash, alkaline blue glaze to interior, impressed mark to the base and dated ’98, width 34 cm
Len Castle, fossil form hanging bottle vase, grey stained white earthenware, the textured external surface with high relief pebble-like decoration, the interior with alkaline blue glaze, impressed mark to the back, height 21 cm
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