Robert Race

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.

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