Roj Williams – sculptor

Bank House, Bishop's Castle SY9 5BQ

Roj is also the subject of the Bishop's Castle Sculpture Trail, which starts at Bank House

Pick up a leaflet and see how many you can spot!

               

             

Roj Williams is a sculptor. He makes metal sculptures which range from small to vast works, mainly animals. He has made corporate, public and private sculptures and also works to commission.

He is the son of a Shropshire farmer, educated locally at first then further afield. After leaving school at 16 he went to college, did agricultural engineering and welding. He didn’t settle into farming and so travelled abroad, helping out at home when back in the UK.

He stopped travelling when he was 28 having seen quite a lot of the world – his daughter was born the same year – this put his feet on the ground. He then worked locally doing a variety of jobs; building custom motorcycles, welding at a local stove factory, rigging at outdoor events and festivals, working alongside a local laser company and finally working as a diesel mechanic for a local bus company.

It was during this time Roj's boss asked him to make a birthday present for his wife and he made my first sculpture. Within six months his boss had set him up with a workshop. He started doing gates and railings and smaller specialist jobs for local builders and businesses, whenever he had a moment spare he’d be in the scrap bin creating sculptures. He then started to get commissions; he worked at local schools and the festivals running workshops for young people of all ages and backgrounds. Unfortunately rigorous health and safety issues made this difficult.

Roj now run a larger workshop working on the type of thing you see before you. Whenever possible he uses recycled materials, often visiting local businesses and rooting through their scrap pile. All his pieces are life size or larger and he really enjoys making animals or birds or anything organic, using the different textures in the “used materials” to highlight different features. 

During SHAW 2017, there will be a sculpture trail around public and private works in Bishops Castle – see how many you can spot!

Roj will also be making a new piece for the front of our SHAW venue at Bank House and will have work on display in the garden there too.

Website

Roj will be exhibiting as part of a joint show at  Bank House in Bishops Castle, SY9 5BQ

Tea and cakes are available, and Bank House also offers Bed and Breakfast in one of its beautifully appointed rooms

It is also the start of the Bishops Castle Sculpture Trail, which is new for Art Week this year; so pick up a trail map!
There are steps at the entrances, so please call for information or assistance: 01588 630026 or 07712 010525