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Aberrant Ceramics is the art of Aaron Nosheny.

I make hand-built pottery, sculpture, ornaments, masks, menorahs, and other clay objects.

I also use glazed and painted ceramic objects in digitally constructed illustrations, including a children's book and a Tarot deck.

Contact me with any questions, sales inquiries, or to propose a commission.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

IG-88 Column

The recent IG-88 fixation began when I played a Dungeons & Dragons warforged barbarian and gave it the first robot/droid/construct-appropriate name that popped into my head: IG-88. I've been unable to part with the collection of Kenner Star Wars figures I started collecting when I was seven. I don't take them out and play out scenarios in which the grotesque monsters kill all the humans, but I was delighted to have an excuse to put them to good use in making molds. I have been unable to come up with a D&D-suitable miniature so far, but I did make this IG-88 column.

IG-88 had a few seconds of screen time in The Empire Strikes Back as one of the gruesome bounty hunters that Darth Vader hired to trap Luke Skywalker.


According to Wookieepedia, the IG-88 line of droids were programmed to be assassins. The scientists who created, programmed, and/or activated the droids for the first time underestimated the degree of sentience and the independent nature of their AI; the IG-88s' first action was to murder their creators. It reminds me of Frankenstein or the baby in It's Alive!

I'm disappointed that I'm not able to simulate the big clunky feet shown in the Kenner action figure in my sculpture. Whenever I try anything like that, the piece usually collapses before it dries or disintegrates in the bisque kiln.

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