“当直觉和有意识的选择成功相会时，我最好的作品便产生了。” － 新西兰陶艺家Len Castle（1924-2011）
Len Castle originally trained as a secondary schoolteacher and only started making pottery in 1947, which means he was completely self-taught. After experiencing this he gave up lecturing and decided to be a potter full time, regularly exhibiting and studying in other countries. What was interesting to me was his passion for knowledge and exploration, he was always bettering himself and from what I’ve read he made regular trips out to Japan, Korea and China to learn and also to visit potters and gain some more insight into the work that he loved. Obviously this sort of travelling is a massive inspiration to any creative, but Len Castle also had a background in science which made him curious about the natural world and this definitely came through into his own work as a potter.