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Pots by Len Castle

  Len Castle Potter - WINNER Montana Book Awards Illustrative Category 2003 - OUT OF PRINT

Authors : Len Castle and Nancy Pel
Designed by MH Group

300 x 280mm hardcover with French-fold jacket in a slipcase
252 pages

Stunning images, which chart the development of Len Castle personal style over 50 years,are place in context with extracts from his own writing, critical assessments of his work, a brief biography and chronology. The large format of the book, and excellent quality of the colour reproduction, allows juctice to be done to both the artworks illustrated, and Len Castle's remarkale photographs of the natural environment that inspired him.

Len Castle threw his first pot in 1946 at the age of 22 whilst training at Auckland Teachers' College. Pottery took second place to a career as a secondary school science teacher until 1956-57 when he won an Associated Art Societies of New Zealand scholarship to study and work with Bernard Leach in St. Ives, Cornwall, England.

Upon his return return he lectured in science at Auckland Teachers' College before pursuing prottery full time in 1963. His first one-man show in 1965 was closely followed by a New Zealand Arts Council Fellowship to study pottery in Japan in 1966, in the Kawai workshop, Kyoto, and at the Hamada pottery workshop, Mashiko.

Len returned to Japan in 1974 as a member of a NZ Department of Foreign Affairs cultural delegation to Japan, China and South Korea.

In between 1981 and 1984 he served as a Member of the Council of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.

Len's skill and service was recognised in 1986 when he was awarded a CBE and in 1990 he received the 1990 Commemorative Medal for services to New Zealand.

In 1991 he was commissioned to produce pottery for the NZ Pavillion at the Seville World Expo.

In 2003 Len Castle was awarded one of ten inaugural Icon Awards by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. In 2004 he received an Auckland University Alumni Association Award for Distinction and was awarded a Distingushed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours list.

Throughout his career Len has produced spectacular pottery and has exhibitied worldwide in countries including Australia, Taiwan, UK (Victoria and Albert Museum), Sweden and Japan.

As one of the most accomplished and sophisticated potters New Zealand has produced, Len's contribution to the studio pottery movement and to us as a nation is unparalleled.

This book is a warm tribute to his work.




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