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.
74 item(s) found:
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.
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
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, 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, 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, “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, 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.
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
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, 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
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, 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, 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
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.