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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
2013Red Barn Gallery, Cumbria
2013Gallery 45 Southside, Plymouth
2012Clay 19 Tim Andrews Gallery, Exeter
2009Thirty Years in the Making, Tim Andrews Gallery
2007Gallery 25 – New Delhi, India
2006Bettles Gallery, Ringwood
2006Art Mill Gallery
2004Royal West of England Academy – Bristol
2002Muir Trust, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury
2002Candover Gallery, Arlesford
200121st Anniversary Exhibition
2001Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey

Group Exhibitions

2014Red Barn Gallery, Melkinthorpe, Cumbria
2014Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire
2014Gallery st Ives, Tokyo, Japan
2014Gallery Shozando, Fukuoka and Daimaru, Japan
2014Tokyo Art Fair, Japan
2014Ceramic Art London
2014Keramiekcentrum Tiendschur Tegelen, Netherlands
2014Solo:Solar Tim Andrews Gallery
2014Clay 21 Tim Andrews Gallery
2013New exhibition – Solo:Solar Tim Andrews Gallery
2013Clay 20 Tim Andrews Gallery
2013Ceramic At London, Royal College of Art
2012/13The Studio Gallery, Margaret River, Australia
2012/13Elements Gallery, Perth Australia
2012Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art
2012West Dean, Sussex
2012Porthminster Gallery, St Ives – Autumn Show
2012Tim Andrews Gallery, Exeter
2011Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
2011Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
2011Ceramic 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

2015West Dean College, UK – Tea Pot Course
2014West Dean College, UK – Raku Course
2013West Dean College, UK  – Raku Course
2013Guest Lecturer, Budapest, Hungary
2013West Dean College, UK – Tea Pot Course
2009Guest Lecturer, Tel Hai, Israel
2009Guest Lecturer, Jindezhen, Lonquan, Anren, China
2009Guest Lecturer, University of the Arts, Surrey
2008Present Lecturer, West Dean College, Sussex
200710 Guest Lecturer, Harrow School of Art, University of Westminster
2001Advanced Raku Summer Course, Tuscany, Italy
20012001 Raku Module, College of Glas & Keramikskolen, Denmark


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


2008‘Throwing’ by David Cohen, A&C Black
2004Five Devon Potters – Chiltern
2003David Leach – a biography by Emmanuel Cooper
2002Raku Ceramic Handbook by John Mathieson
2001/2002South 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

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


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