Tim Willey

Adaptive Construction - Sculpture - Ceramics

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Tim has for many years been involved with the teaching of art both at University and workshops in the UK and abroad. He established the BA (Hons) Sustainable Design and Practice programme at the University of Derby, the first art and design programme of its type in the UK.

Tim studied ceramics as an undergraduate with a particular interest in ceramic technology and experimental archaeology. This was followed by a Masters Degree in sculpture and a period of time devoted to stone carving.

Tim spent several years researching the relationship between the ecological environment and the evolution of natural construction systems for which he was awarded a Doctorate. He is well known for his development and teaching of Adaptive Construction: an evolutionary approach to working creatively with materials.

Dr. Tim has established his own practice in the North Norfolk countryside, where he manages 12 acres of mixed woodland. This provides him with a perfect working environment, which he happily shares with numerous species of birds, mammals and insects. Here, there is plenty of wood-fuel for his open-fired ceramics and plenty of space to hammer away at stone.

Tim teaches sculpture in Norwich and is a visiting university lecturer. He is an active researcher and runs regular practical workshops (often in collaboration with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust) where he can share his knowledge and enthusiasm with others.