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.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Talz Figure

The Talz are a species from the Star Wars universe. In the films, the Talz are represented by a being known as Muftak in the cantina scene in Episode IV. Muftak is a tall, fuzzy creature with two sets of eyes which is briefly seen sucking some alien alcoholic beverage out of a coffee cup. In Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, it is revealed that Muftak is a low-level street criminal, that he resides with and protects an impetuous bat-like creature called Kabe, that he hatched from a coccoon, and that was not even aware what species he was and had never seen another of his kind. Finally, the Mos Eisley equivalent of a playground sex-education misinformant had to teach Muftak about the Talzian birds and bees (mostly bees).

The appeal of Star Wars is to do George Lucas' thinking for him. I resisted the urge to give the Talz man boobs. They are clearly not a mammalian species. The fur is more like arthropod bristles than mammal hair. The eyes and mouthparts seem more like an arthropod's than those of a vertebrate. The Talz are supposed to have a pair of day eyes and a pair of night eyes. The day eyes on my Talz' face are too high up to be useful. I attempted to correct this in my second Talz piece, the Talz Column.

Two images of Muftak from A New Hope and one from the much reviled 1978 Star Wars Christmas Special, which I was lucky enough to see on TV at the time. I remember being vaguely disappointed with all the singing and dancing, but still happy to see the beloved characters and universe on television.