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. Bisque-firing is in a conventional gas kiln to 1060C. Many pieces have a ‘resist’ slip and glaze applied and are then fired in a ‘top hat’ fibre glass kiln to around 1000C, before removal 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 Potttery to decorate one-off pieces and to train students in decorating techniques. He also taught adult evening class and ran childrens’ 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 Plymoth 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: 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 Karan – New York, Lord Chancellor Lord Irving, Imerys, The Royal Bank of Scotland (2006), Abromavich Collection, Coutts Bank and Fitzwilliam Museum, 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 Honourary 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 and 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.
The upcoming adventure to Japan will perhaps allow him time to more 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.