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, hanging bottle vase, grey stained white earthenware, textured surface and alkaline blue glazed interior, impressed mark to the back, width 20 cm

Len Castle, volcanic hanging bottle vase, grey stained white earthenware, with three high ridges and small pools of lava to the front, impressed mark to the back, height 25 cm

Len Castle, fossil form hanging bottle vase, grey stained white earthenware, textured surface and alkaline blue glazed interior, impressed mark to the back, width 23 cm

A tall Len Castle tubular pottery vase, of wasted form with everted rim and matt blue wave glaze in dark blue to pinkish mauve tones. Impressed monogram mark, height 29.5 cm

Len Castle and Theo Schoon collaboratively designed stoneware vase, ovoid form with knob type side protrusions, tapered neck, umber glaze, blue internal glaze, impressed potter's mark and incised 'TS'. 19 cm x 14 cm x 14.5 cm

A large Len Castle 'Inverted Volcano' 10 vase, moulded earthenware with grey textured exterior surfaces and bright red glazed interior. Impressed cypher under the base. Width 85 cm

Len Castle, rare and unusual Crum Brickworks salt glazed bottle vase, the salt glaze with an unusual 'Flambe' look achieved by a blend of titanium and vanadium, LC mark. Height 18.5 cm. Provenance: originally purchased from the Wellington architect

Len Castle, stoneware bottle vase, with green glaze and textured surface, incised initials. Height 30 cm

Len Castle NZ studio pottery stoneware vase, with brown and neutral glazed tones, height 14.5 cm approx

Len Castle, bottle vase, in the Japanese manner with tenmoku glaze and wax resist quince blossom motifs on a pearlescent brown ground, circa 1980, C mark, height 30 cm. Illustrated: craft New Zealand, Doreen Blumhardt and Brian brake, 1981, page 247 and Le

Len Castle, large and impressive discoid vase, in iron oxide washed stoneware with three rope impressions to each side, circa 1970, C mark, height 45 cm

Len Castle, crumb Brickworks squat ovoid vase, with mid brown manganese slip and salt glaze. Glazed at the crumb brickworks, circa 1954, Castellated mark, height 16 cm, illustrated Cone ten Down: the Studio movement in New Zealand pottery 1945-1980 by Moyr

Len Castle, crumb Brickworks ovoid vase, with mid brown manganese slip and salt glaze. Glazed at the crumb Brickworks, circa 1950, C mark, height 22 cm

Len Castle, “Helen Mason” vase, 1958, Triparte vase with cylindrical base and ovoid centre section and conical neck in oatmeal grey glaze with brown motif to the centre, height 27 cm, Used on the poster to advertise the New Zealand Studio potte

Len Castle, stoneware blossom vase, with tenmoku glaze with jun glaze to the shoulders and neck. This example is the last one of these made in June 1995 by special order for the vendor, LC mark, height 57 cm

Len Castle, early stoneware gourd form bottle vase, in white and brown glazed stoneware, rope indentations to the body, early 1960s, C mark, width 24 cm

Len Castle, small discoid vase, with three rope impressions to each face and iron oxide washed in rich brown, c1960s, C mark, height 33 cm

Len Castle, large gourd form bottle vase, with gnarled rim and scored sides in heavy feldspathic matt white glaze with blue and brown highlights, mid 1960s, C mark, diameter 41 cm. Refer Len Castle Potter, page 36.

Len Castle, large rectangular slab vase, in heavy colonial shino and feldspathic glazes, circa 1990, LC mark, height 35 cm

Len Castle, large stoneware vase, with ash brown and grey glazes, impressed initials. Height 33 cm

Len Castle, hanging form bottle vase, with impressed spiral decoration and textured umber pigmented surface impressed initials height 39 cm

A good mid-1950s Len Castle vase with decoration by Theo Schoon, baluster form, tenmoku and wood ash glaze, the swollen body with four Theo Schoon impressed stamps based on his interpretation of early Maori rock drawings found in Canterbury caves, impresse

Len Castle, blossom vase, the large and impressive vase with rare blue semi matt talc glaze, one of only three blossom vases made by Len Castle with this glaze. Height 56 cm

Len Castle, a large and impressive discoid vase, potter's initials impressed to the base. Diameter 54 cm

An early Len Castle slab vase, mildly swollen semi-square form, the rounded shoulder supporting the short rectangular tapered neck and flat rim, wood ash glaze, some firing marks. Impressed potter's monogram to inside top rim, c.1960s/70s. 30 cm x 18 cm x

Len Castle. Inverted Volcano, earthenware vase with red lava glaze to the interior and textured grey exterior, impressed mark. Height 18.5 cm. Length 86 cm

Len Castle, stoneware vase, ash and shino type glaze, impressed initials to the base. Height 14 cm, Exhibited in the NZ Potters exhibition in Whangarei in 2000.

Len Castle, branch vase, with jun glaze over tenmoku, impressed initials to the base. Height 34 cm. A similar branch vase is illustrated on the cover of Artists and Craftsmen in New Zealand by Peter cape

A Len Castle stoneware cylindrical vase, decorated with incised concentric bands with olive coloured glaze and umber pigmenting; along with a Castle milk jug with iron speckled ash glaze, impressed artist's mark to each piece. Tallest 18 cm

Len Castle, unusual stoneware conjoined multi aperture vase, ash and kaki glaze, impressed initials, height 20 cm

Len Castle, vase, square section slab vase with tenmoku and wax resist glaze. Height 30 cm

A Len Castle stoneware vase, spherical shape with short neck, ash glaze to the shoulder, tenmoku to the mouth and in a broad band around the centre, the band patterned with an impression of open weave fabric. Impressed artist's cipher to side. Height 17.7

A Len Castle stoneware bottle vase, of built tri-form section, the lower body with umber pigmented surface, the shoulder and short neck glazed with a variable green ash glaze. One wall of the body impressed with a repeating seed pattern stamp forming a squ

Len Castle, square bottle vase in the Japanese manner in tenmoku glaze with rutile flashings to the sides and shoulder, impressed mark (glaze obscured) 29 cm height

Len Castle, blossom vase, extremely large and impressive press moulded stoneware vase with a semi-matt copper blue glaze. Height 56 cm width 46 cm. This vase is one of only three blossom vases made with this glaze by Len Castle. For a similar example see L

Len Castle, inverted Volcano vase, moulded earthenware, dark green texture exterior and rich lava red glaze to interior with unique ribbing. Impressed initials to base. Length 84.5 cm

Len Castle, inverted Volcano vase, moulded earthenware, grey texture exterior and lava red glaze to interior. Impressed initials to base. Length 84.5 cm

Len Castle, branch vase, press-moulded stoneware vase with saturated iron under glaze with rutile over glaze. Impressed initials. Height 44 cm. This vase is a matching example to a branch vase sold by Art and object in May 2012 (catalogue 56, lot 104)

Len Castle, early brown salt glazed ovoid vase, with incised decoration and a single glaze drip to the shoulder section, early impressed Castle mark to the base, fired at the crumb Brick and tile works, new Lynn circa 1952. Height 19 cm. Provenance: from t

Len Castle, a good early cobalt blue salt glazed ovoid vase, with glaze drips to the shoulder section, early impressed mark to the base, fired at the crumb Brick and tile works. New Lynn circa 1952. Height 18 cm. Provenance: from the collection of Geoff an

Len Castle, ovoid vase, cobalt blue and crackle glaze. Height 15 cm