School of Art

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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Alan Heaps

Born: 1954, UK

Ceramicist. Also known now as Alan Sidney. From 1957 until 1961 he was a student at the Liverpool College of Art in the Graphics Department. He worked as a book illustrator and graphic designer, before turning his talents to clay. This may explain the fantasy element of his work, which is always intriguing and even psychedelic. He worked in Newtown, Wales, regularly raiding his kitchen for objects that he used as moulds. He also models forms directly. His works reflect his passion for architecture, machines and ancient civilizations and often incorporate technical elements such as levers and pulleys. Frogs, snakes, and turtles are just some of the animals that are found resting on his sculptures often amongst rainbows and stars. He later moved to Shropshire. An article was written by Jenny Heaps for Ceramic Series in the mid 1980s: Ceramic Series: Alan Heaps (Sidney)

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

'Clockwork Horse' C1015 Ceramics

'Tropical Island Whistle' C1014 Ceramics

Elephant Knife C1114 Ceramics