“My philosophy of life is really, to be able to do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. Which means if you have got to have a job, it’s best to work for yourself and not have to work for a master. I don’t think I should stop making toys, as long as I can. I am quite happy to do it, I don’t really want to do anything else.” – Ron Fuller –
Ron Fuller was born in 1937 and went to Art Schools in Plymouth and Falmouth before studying Art and Theatre Design at the Royal College of Art. After a career in teaching he began making wooden toys for a living in 1972. He has developed many techniques for producing his toys, all sorts of toys including doll houses, rocking horses, garages, farms, aeroplanes, boats, cars and puppet like animals. His work has been influenced by that of Sam Smith, Yootha Rose, Jack Gould and toymakers all over the world.
Filmmaker Richard Hunter made this portrait video piece on Ron Fuller giving a little insight into his world. Spend just two minutes with him in his workshop you’ll understand his affinity for the odds and ends that make his novelty toys and knick-knacks so special. From breast clocks, to talking parrots to his philosophy of life – Ron Fuller’s persona is beautifully revealed.