Tim Willey

Adaptive Construction - Open Firing

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Tim has for many years been involved with the teaching of art and design both at University and workshops in the UK and abroad.

Tim studied ceramics as an undergraduate with a particular interest in experimental archaeology. This was followed by full-time lecturing in studio pottery and ceramic chemistry.

After completing a Masters Degree in sculpture, Tim spent several years researching the relationship between the ecological systems and sculptural construction for which he was awarded a Doctorate. He is well known for his development and teaching of adaptive construction: an evolutionary approach to material construction.

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 timber to carve and wood-fuel for his open-fired ceramics.

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