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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.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Holes Are to Keep It From Exploding

This is a new shroom sculpture using a mold made from the grell toy. I can't tell if the cap is uneven or just looks that way because of the shadows. I'm also a little disappointed that it didn't come out like my other grell shroom (actually Grell Shroom 2) which was destroyed when a shelf collapsed in June.

The holes are to keep it from exploding.

Monday, January 24, 2011


The owner of the store in which I sold a menorah asked me if I also made chamsas, chais, or tzedakah boxes. I haven't before, but I'm looking into Judaica as a means to support the clay habit.

The latest menorah:

Chamsa prototypes:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Friendly, Nurturing, Female Presence of Chairy

Chairy was a furniture-character on Paul Reubens' Saturday morning TV show from the eighties, Pee-Wee's Playhouse. On the show, Chairy was a friendly, nurturing, female presence amidst the various screaming chaos nightmare creatures in the Playhouse household. Her antithesis was a dog-shaped chair named Dog Chair.

My interpretation of Chairy came out a little scarier than I was expecting. If I were Pee-Wee Herman, I don't think I would trust this Chairy to cradle my buttocks.

The real Chairy. Now there's a piece of sentient furniture you can trust your ass with.

This crude object is the Chairy Color Test Owl.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Slightly Less Vicious

This is intended to be a larger coffee cup. The face is loosely modeled on Ed the hyena from The Lion King. I'm thinking that it might be too heavy to be safely lifted by the handle, so it might turn out to be a decorative rather than functional mug.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blue Menorah Sold

It was one of the following three blue menorahs.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ant Incense Holder

When I get some stick incense, I'll post an image of this object in action.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vader's Helmet Shattered

I would also like to point out that the Darth Vader Flower Pot broke while I was moving it to the kiln shelf.

Rubber Suit Monster Figures

The object used to make this mold was an eraser I bought in sixth grade. I think it was part of a collection of science fiction monsters. This one doesn't look familiar to me, but I'm guessing it was from the Japanese giant nuclear monster genre with the monster played by an actor in a rubber suit who stomps on a crude scale model of Tokyo or some other large city. The one in the middle has city-stomping boots and the one on the right has the face of a kitschy Hula figurine sold to some gullible, souvenir-hungry tourists in Hawaii and subsequently bought by me at a flea market in New Jersey.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Vicious Animal Mug

The Vicious Animal Mug is my second success at dysfunctional pottery.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Spiky Pot 3

This is my first attempt at functional pottery since about 2005 and it's not all that functional. I guess that makes this Spiky Pot dysfunctional pottery.

I also made a lid, but it doesn't really fit.

The view from above. You could theoretically put food in this without getting poisoned. (N.B. the Jade Green glaze on the eyes is not food-safe.) The glaze would also survive use in a microwave or dishwasher although the spikes might not.

Again, the lid, viewed from above:

You're a Towel

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Another Beholder & An Ant Incense Holder

Another beholder:

An Ant Incense Holder:

Sunday, January 2, 2011


This is Beholder 8, the Hypno-Beholder.

This was taken on a frozen fountain in Tucson, AZ, where frozen fountains are a novelty. The ice wasn't very strong and the sculpture fell through the ice when I was taking it out.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sit on Me, Pee-Wee!

Darth Vader Starts to Crack

The clay is cracked at the forehead.

I attached a strip of clay over the crack, but it has also since cracked.