We are very sad to announce the death of Ron Fuller, at the age of 80.
Ron was an integral part of the formation of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre having first met Sue Jackson while they were both students at Falmouth Art School in 1957. Ron’s distinctive toys, for example, Hens Laying Eggs and Tapping Can-Can Dancers were popular in the original Cabaret shop on Falmouth High Street.
When CMT moved to London in 1984, Ron’s Lion Tamer and Sheep-shearing Man automata were regular favourites which he made in small editions. Ron also built us a life-sized mechanical ticket-stamping man for the entrance to the exhibition in Covent Garden.
Ron liked to think of himself as the village toymaker, which of course he was but his talents for bringing his ‘toys’ to life with ingenious mechanisms, electronics and the power of wind set him apart from most peoples idea of a toymaker.
Simon Tait wrote this article about Ron in 2010.
Ron Fuller. 28th August 1936 – 2nd July 2017.