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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.

I’m a self-taught autistic artist working in my medium for over twenty years. I like monsters, insects, weird animals, body horror, folk horror, horror comedy, horror in general, Halloween decorations, fast food mascots, kitsch – all of these creep into my work, but there’s really no overarching theme.

I am in love with my medium. I love the process of frantically birthing clay monstrosities, subjecting them to an epic trial by fire, and sending them out into the world.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Aboleth 2

Aboleths are amphibious aberrations from beyond curved space time, slavers, mindfuckers, the worst possible slime monsters to be encountered in the vastest and blackest subterranean seas.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Max Rebo

This is Max Rebo, the red ball jet organist from Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi. This is also my first piece using only acrylic paints instead of glaze or a combination of the two. As previously noted, Max lost a finger in the bisque kiln.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another Yochlol

A second attempt to sculpt Yochlol, the handmaiden of the Demon Spider Goddess Lolth. It has many delicate protrusions that would break off easily if handled roughly and the people who load the kilns are used to handling pots and only pots.

The finished Yochlol is here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Flooer 2

My first recent piece that did not explode in the kiln, this is a flooer, a magical imaginary animal from After Man by Dougal Dixon. After Man portrays a zoological analysis of the period immediately following the extinction of Homo sapiens. The flooer evolves on a island colonized entirely by bats. Its ears and nose-like sensory apparatus imitate flower petals and it secretes a sweet-smelling substance to attract its insect prey. We don't have the correct shade of crimson available as a glaze, so I'm waiting until I can procure the proper shade of acrylic paint.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bunny Mandibles

More old crap:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The kilns are on and very hot at the studio. So tomorrow I find out if my most recent pieces exploded. I'm waiting on Aboleth 2 and Psychoeris. I'm also waiting on Flooer 2 from the glaze kiln, but I wouldn't expect an explosion there.

Some old work:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Unfired Radish Spirit

The Radish Spirit from Spirited Away.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Unglazed Max Rebo

The Max Rebo sculpture lost a finger, which could potentially affect his ability to play the red ball organ, but didn't justify smashing the whole thing. We don't have any glaze that comes anywhere near that ridiculous baby blue color, so I think I'm going to resort to acrylic paints instead of glaze.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Beholder 5

My most recent beholder lost an eyestalk and I destroyed the whole thing.

Unfired Psychoeris

This is an image of the goddess Eris as destructress from my old website, The End of the Last Iceage, originally on Geocities and relocated last year. I'm out of new clay objects to post here, so I either need to take a break or start digging into the archives.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Carp Dragon

This is the Carp Dragon, a.k.a. Yu Lung, one of the Fiend Folio's Oriental dragons.

The original drawing from the Fiend Folio.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Unfired Flooer

This is the unfired Flooer, a bat-like creature which mimics a flower to attract insects.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

So Like a Fish...

After the explosion in the kiln, I feel compelled to take a picture of each piece I make just in case it doesn't survive. This is a replacement for the aboleth that blew up. The problem is that I don't know for sure if there are any lethal air bubbles lurking somewhere. This one could also explode and destroy my other pieces and other people's pots in the process. So like a fish to come in and start oozing all over the place.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Tanuki refers to the Japanese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus). In Japanese folklore, it has a reputation as a mischievous if slightly silly animal with oversized testicles. The animal itself seems to be obscure outside of Japan, but the mythical version may have entered Western popular culture when a Tanuki ("Tanooki") suit appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.

My interpretation looks suspiciously like a teddy bear, despite the prominent genitalia. I'm not comfortable coming this close to cute.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Zuckuss Column

The Zuckuss Column has been sitting on my shelf for a few months. It lost a chunk out of the column. I used a mysterious substance called Magic Slip to attempt to reattach it, but it was unsuccessful, so I glazed it anyway with the piece missing.

Zuckuss is a character from the famous bounty hunter scene in The Empire Strikes Back. He is from the planet Gand and his species is also known as the Gand. He can be seen for a few seconds standing with his fellow bounty hunters, including his droid partner 4-LOM, and Darth Vader.

Here you can see the missing piece of the column.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Triangularly Prismatic Cat Column

The cat's head is open at the back and there is a cluster of small skulls surrounding the pink orifice and leading down the ridge of the column.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

List of Clay Projects

List of Clay Projects
  • Psychoeris
  • Zuckuss Column
  • Aboleth
  • Flooer
  • Yochlol
  • Giraffe
  • Mosaic

Kiln Did Not Fire Properly

One of the kilns has a note on it which says: "Kiln did not fire properly. Do not touch!" It contained my Carp Dragon and a few more of those USA-shaped surrealist objects. I know they didn't explode because it was a glaze kiln, not a bisque kiln. If they made it this far, they are most likely not going to explode. They may come out looking horrible because of the improperly firing kiln, but at least it won't have been my fault, which is a relief.

I got back three finished pieces: the Tanuki, the Triangularly Prismic Cat Column, and the damaged Zuckuss Column.