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Aberrant Ceramics is the artwork of Aaron Nosheny,
ceramic artist and potter in Tucson, Arizona.

I work in the medium of stoneware clay and make hand-built pottery, sculpture, hamsas, ornaments, masks, and a variety of other forms.

Self-taught artist on the autism spectrum. I like monsters, insects, weird animals, body horror, horror comedy, Halloween decorations, fast food mascots, kitsch – and all of these creep into my work, but there’s really no overarching theme. I feel like I'm frantically birthing as many clay monstrosities out into the world as I can.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Joint of Mutton

This is another Lewis Carroll-themed sculpture depicting a character from the second Alice book that rarely gets the recognition it deserves in popular movies. The Tweedles made it into both Disney adaptations and the talking flowers at least made it into the 1951 cartoon, but the Joint of Mutton is invariably snubbed. The second book is modeled on a game of chess and after being insulted and confused by the two chess queens on her journey across the board, Alice becomes a queen herself when she makes it to the other side. She is given a banquet with the other queens, at which each course of the meal gets up and is introduced to Alice. Unfortunately, Alice is informed by her colleagues that eating food once one has been introduced to it is bad manners and each course is taken away before it can be eaten. Alice eventually uses her new queenly authority to demand that the food be brought back, but this only causes a bizarre explosion of chaos and Alice's hasty exit from her dreamworld.

Here is my first version of the Joint of Mutton, bowing politely so as not to be eaten. Part of its foot was blown off in the kiln so it doesn't stand very well. I made another one, but I gave it away as a gift and forgot to take a picture.