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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.

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.