Tim Forrester

Job Title and Responsibilities

Course Leader – MA Ceramic Design and BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker

The Award Winning 3D Designer Maker programme aims to provide you with an environment in which you can work experimentally, combining materials and a range of designing and making methodologies.
3D Designer Maker is uniquely placed at the ‘heart’ of the ceramic industry in the UK. Students benefit from the strong links we have with our industrial partners in the ceramic industry. Whether you are a ceramicist, jeweller, or designer-maker for interior objects such as furniture and lighting, you will be taught a wide range of making processes and techniques including both traditional and digital technologies, which reflect current trends and practices in an ever-changing world of the designer maker.
We aim to develop your specialist knowledge within your chosen material affinity, enabling you to become a more informed contemporary maker and someone who can use specialist skills, professionally and effectively with an emphasis on high class skills in practical making, experimentation and craftsmanship.
Continue your studies:
The MA Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University is recognised worldwide as one of the leading postgraduate programmes in ceramic design for small and mass manufacture. Taught in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of UK ceramics for over 2 centuries in the Potteries, this long-established course consistently produces career-ready graduates that are in demand by leading ceramic companies both in the UK and overseas. With world-famous ceramic manufacturers quite literally on the doorstep, Stoke-on-Trent provides a unique venue for the study of ceramic design.

Professional Memberships and Activities

HEA – Fellow
A©ID – Anti Copying In Design
Ceramics & It’s Dimension
Designer Makers Working Group - UWIC


Tim Forrester is one of Britain's most innovative designers. He achieved great success during a period spent working in Milan & has now returned to the UK to continue designing & manufacturing his high quality, inspirational and versatile furniture ranges.

The UK based designer-maker produces simple yet effective products that are beautiful as well as multi-functional - they demand to be touched, as well as used & admired. Tim’s design philosophy is based around the interaction between object and user and how everyday objects and activities can become more pleasurable, memorable, satisfying yet enjoyable; resulting in furniture that is a fusion between disciplines.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Design Awards:
Cardiff Design Festival October 2008 – Furniture Product of Year. Project: Hex
Cardiff Design Festival June 2007 – Shortlisted for Product of the Year. Project: Brush Strokes
(BIDA) British Interior Design Awards December 2005 - Furniture Product of the Year. Project: Luna

Recent Exhibitions include:
Manchester Cubed, Product Launch – April 2013

Cardiff City Library – October 2009
Cardiff Design Festival - October 2008
Homes & Interiors, Scotland – September 2007
ICFF Conference, New York – April 2006

Products for Television:
BBC One’s Silent Witness February 2018
BBC One’s The Apprentice – May/ June 2012
Channel 4’s Big Brother House – July 2009
BBC One’s Homes Live!  – October 2007


Selected Publications

My designs regularly feature in leading design magazine’s worldwide such as:

De Telegraaf, Netherlands – July 2014
Modern Decoration, China – October 2013
Le Fourquet, Mexico – August 2013
Mocoloco, Worldwide – August 2013
GQ - May 2013
Bookshelf, February 2012 – Thames & Hudson
Cultureshoq Lifestyle Magazine - September 2010
Bund - Fashion & Lifestyle magazine. Shanghai, China – March 2009
Design Week – February 2009

Current Teaching

Course Leader/ Senior Lecturer – MA Ceramic Design
Course Leader/ Senior Lecturer – BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker


Tim Forrester
School of Creative Arts & Engineering
Staffordshire University
Mellor Building
College Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294485
e: t.forrester@staffs.ac.uk