Robert Race taught science, and ran a Teachers' Centre before
becoming a full-time maker. His work includes moving toys, simple
automata, kinetic sculpture and exhibition design. It has been
widely exhibited in Britain, Europe and beyond. He is a member, and
past Chairman, of the British Toymakers Guild.
Describe your approach to teaching:
I try to encourage a playful, problem solving approach to design, involving the exploration of simple mechanisms and the exploitation of the properties of a range of materials.
What inspires your own work?
I try to make things which move in simple but interesting ways, incorporating a wide range of natural, re-used and recycled materials.Traditional moving toys have influenced me strongly.