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Tim Andrews

Tim Andrews has gained an International reputation for his distinctive smoke-fired and Raku ceramics. He makes individual Raku work – black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips. The pieces are usually thrown, although some new work is handbuilt. They are Bisque-fired in a conventional gas kiln to 1060C. Many pieces have a ‘resist’ slip and glaze applied and are then fired in a ‘top hat’ fibreglass kiln to around 1000C, before transference when red-hot to a smoking chamber. When cold, the resist glaze is chipped off and the pot cleaned up and waxed.

Tim trained as studio apprentice to David Leach, from 1978—79, followed by two years at Dartington Pottery Training Workshop. From 1981—82 he was employed by Dartington Pottery to decorate one-off pieces and to train students in decorating techniques. He also taught adult evening classes and ran children's’ workshops from his own studio, which he set up with the aid of a grant from the Crafts Council. In 1983, he moved from Exeter to South Tawton Pottery where he set up and ran International Ceramics Summer Schools with students from all over the world. He did this until 1986 when he moved to Bovey Tracey to share a workshop with David Leach. In 1993, he set up his own workshop in Woodbury, East Devon. Between 1994—95 he lectured part-time at Exeter College and was a guest lecturer at Plymouth College of Art and Design. He has lectured in Advanced Raku in Italy and in Denmark.

Tim Andrews’ works have been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad, including in China, India, USA, Japan, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden. His works are in many public and private collections including Stoke on Trent and Liverpool Museums, Ashmolean Museum, St John’s College – Oxford, Donna Karen – New York, Lord Chancellor Lord Irving, Imerys, The Royal Bank of Scotland (2006), Abromavich Collection, Coutts Bank and Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge.

He is the recipient of several awards, including Hitec-Lotec Award (1999/2000), and as well as being featured in many books and publications on ceramics.  He is the author of the best seller ‘Raku’, published in 2005 by A&C Black. Tim also writes for Ceramic Art and Perception and Ceramic Review and regularly curates exhibitions. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association (CPA), a Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Honorary President of the West Country Potters Association.

Having recently spent several weeks in China and Israel absorbing the diverse cultures, and of course, trying weird and wonderful food, Tim has returned to his studio full of new inspirations. He is now making works inspired by such things as Chinese shards and saggars. His other recent to trip to Australia has also inspired him with new glazes and textures and a refreshed view on the ceramic scene around the world. His upcoming adventure to Japan will perhaps allow him more time to deeply understand the roots of this ancient Raku technique. It may almost feel like he is going home, to the place he has studied and heard so much about.


Solo Exhibitions

2015 ‘The World of Tim Andrews’ Gallery st Ives, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Red Barn Gallery, Cumbria
2013 Gallery 45 Southside, Plymouth
2012 Clay 19 Tim Andrews Gallery, Exeter
2009 Thirty Years in the Making, Tim Andrews Gallery
2007 Gallery 25 – New Delhi, India
2006 Bettles Gallery, Ringwood
2006 Art Mill Gallery
2004 Royal West of England Academy – Bristol
2002 Muir Trust, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury
2002 Candover Gallery, Arlesford
2001 21st Anniversary Exhibition
2001 Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey

Group Exhibitions

2014 Red Barn Gallery, Melkinthorpe, Cumbria
2014 Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire
2014 Gallery st Ives, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Gallery Shozando, Fukuoka and Daimaru, Japan
2014 Tokyo Art Fair, Japan
2014 Ceramic Art London
2014 Keramiekcentrum Tiendschur Tegelen, Netherlands
2014 Solo:Solar Tim Andrews Gallery
2014 Clay 21 Tim Andrews Gallery
2013 New exhibition – Solo:Solar Tim Andrews Gallery
2013 Clay 20 Tim Andrews Gallery
2013 Ceramic At London, Royal College of Art
2012/13 The Studio Gallery, Margaret River, Australia
2012/13 Elements Gallery, Perth Australia
2012 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art
2012 West Dean, Sussex
2012 Porthminster Gallery, St Ives – Autumn Show
2012 Tim Andrews Gallery, Exeter
2011 Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
2011 Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
2011 Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
 2011  Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
 2011  Porthminster Gallery, St Ives – Autumn/Winter Ceramics Show
 2010  Porthminster Gallery, St Ives – Autumn Ceramics Show
 2009  Anren – China, Zhou museum
 2009  Porthminster Gallery, St Ives – Summer Ceramics Show
 2008  Porthminster Gallery, St Ives – ReFine, and, ReTrace
 2007  The Victoria and Albert Museum, London – Collect
 2007  The Royal College of Art – Ceramic Art London
 2006  Raku USA Touring Exhibition 10 International raku makers – various venues including NCECA (Oregon), Idaho, California, Colorado
 2006  100 Devon Potters – Burton Art Gallery, Bideford
 2006  Devon Guild of Crafts – Raku Focus
 2006  Gallery at Bevere – Three raku potters
 2006  Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden
 2005/6  White Gold – Imerys Major Touring Show – Cornwall/Paris
 2005  London
 2005  Tim Andrews Gallery – Raku – New directions Book Launch Exhibition
 2004/5/6  Elemental Insight – Met office Touring Exhibition
 2004  David Leach Retrospective Exhibition – Japan
 2004  Tegelen Museum – The Netherlands
 2003  South West Academy
 2003  David Leach Retrospective UK Touring Exhibition
 2001  Devon Guild Summer Show
 2001  Hitec-Lowtec Touring Exhibitio
 2001  Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden
 2001  Terra Keramiek, Delft
 2001  Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne, Dorset
 2000  Broadway Modern, Broadway, Worcestershire
 2000  CPA Fellows Exhibition, Mid-Cornwall Gallery
 2000  Galerie Weger, Germany
 2000  Introductions – Joint show with Woodbury Studio Gallery & Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Selected Teaching Dates from Year 2000

Occasional guest lecturer at various Universities including Exeter and Plymouth

2015 West Dean College, UK – Tea Pot Course
2014 West Dean College, UK – Raku Course
2013 West Dean College, UK  – Raku Course
2013 Guest Lecturer, Budapest, Hungary
2013 West Dean College, UK – Tea Pot Course
2009 Guest Lecturer, Tel Hai, Israel
2009 Guest Lecturer, Jindezhen, Lonquan, Anren, China
2009 Guest Lecturer, University of the Arts, Surrey
2008 Present Lecturer, West Dean College, Sussex
2007 10 Guest Lecturer, Harrow School of Art, University of Westminster
2001 Advanced Raku Summer Course, Tuscany, Italy
2001 2001 Raku Module, College of Glas & Keramikskolen, Denmark


2005 RAKU – published by A&C Black
1994 A Review of Contemporary Work’, published by A&C Black (reprint 1997)


2008 ‘Throwing’ by David Cohen, A&C Black
2004 Five Devon Potters – Chiltern
2003 David Leach – a biography by Emmanuel Cooper
2002 Raku Ceramic Handbook by John Mathieson
2001/2002 South West Arts, Major Commissions Award
1999 ‘Raku: Investigations into Fire’ by David Jones – featured potter
1997 ‘Pottery in the Making-World Ceramic Traditions’ British Museum book by Emmanuel Cooper – featured in contemporary ceramics section

Magazine Features

2015 The English Garden Magazine – Photographs by Marianne Majerus
2010 Ceramic Review
2010 Princess Yachts Magazine
2007 Art in Devon Magazine
2006 Devon Today Magazine
2006 Views Magazine
2006 Evolver Magazine
2005 Ceramic Review
2005 Muse Magazine
2000 Country Life, January
2000 Ceramics Monthly Studio Pottery Magazine, USA
1997 Homes & Gardens Magazine, May
1986 Keramik Magazine, Germany


2015 ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ – BBC – Technical Raku Advisor
1998/99 Featured Potter on BBC Arts and Crafts Show
1997 Subject of video production ‘Tim Andrews – Raku and Smoke-fired Ceramics’