The Gallery was sad to hear of the death of Len Castle, one of New Zealand's pioneering potters. Castle began working as a potter in the 1940s and was to become the leading light of New Zealand's pottery movement for over six decades. In the 1950s he worked with Bernard Leech in England and during the 1960s he began potting professionally, travelling and studying in China, Japan and South Korea.
A vase by Len was the first piece of pottery to be acquired for the Robert McDougall Art Gallery's collection. Purchased in 1954 by William Baverstock, it laid the foundations for the Gallery's ceramics collection. The most recent addition of Len's pottery to the permanent collection was this stunning blue bowl.