“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)

1947年,在新西兰有一位从未受过任何专业训练的中学老师Len Castle热爱上了陶艺。直到1963年,他放弃了教授科学的工作,转而专职从事制陶。之后的三、四年,他定期前往日本、韩国和中国学习磨练自己的制陶技艺。旅行的经历对于他作品给予了莫大的影响,除此之外,学习科学的背景,令他对于这个世界,尤其是大自然保持着源源不断的好奇心,而这些影响也如海水一般浸透到他手上的泥土里。

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.

1 night sky

3 rock pools

9 hanging form

13 lichens on blocks

7 ovoid stoneware vase

5 detail of fossil

12 geothermal mineral depos

8 large plate

16 mt ngaruahoe

6 detail of sea secret

4 sea hawk

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