Aberrant Ceramics is the ceramic artwork of Aaron Nosheny.

I work in the medium of stoneware clay and make hand-built pottery, primitive sculpture, hamsas, and a variety of other forms. My work celebrates and pushes the plasticity of the medium. The content of the work follows an inner landscape of biological obsessions, psychic damage, and bouncy cartoon animals.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Unfired Daria

I was watching Revenge of the Nerds and it occurred to me to make clay figures of all the major characters. The pictures I could find online were too complicated. Real human figures are too complicated for me in general and I didn't see any caricature versions. Today I was watching an episode of Daria and I decided to try the same idea. At first, I was trying to make a three dimensional version of the image of the brilliant and unpopular teenage girl and I realized I didn't have the proper anatomical training. I opened a book on sculpting the human figure in clay and used it to make slightly-more-realistic-than-cartoonish patellas for Daria, but otherwise, the clay figure is an interpretation of the flat drawing.

The top half of Daria. The figure has no back. It's lighter that way and I'm not imaginative enough to visualize what Daria's back and ass look like anyway. The biggest anatomical question was: If Daria had breasts, where would they be?

Daria's bottom half: Doc Martens, skinny legs, patellas, and a platform for the upper half.

The two halves joined, hopefully well enough to survive the clay's desiccation, and the traumatic firing process after that.