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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.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Here is Towelie, the cybernetic anthropomorphic stoner towel anti-hero from South Park. I originally had him painted a darker blue, but I watched the episode again and decided he needed a lighter blue to retain the sense of being just a regular worn towel that happened to walk and talk and get high. This blue is called "pool blue" and I'm still not entirely happy with the color.

I don't know how to make a realistic lighter.

Side view of Towelie with support column.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ochre Jellies

The Dungeons & Dragons world has always been richly populated with a great variety of slimes, puddings, and jellies. Ochre jellies are super-sized ameboid monsters that scour dungeons looking for any and all organic life they might be able to engulf and consume. They are also the monster stars of this week's episode of D&D Encounters.

This jelly has a skull embedded in its cytoplasm. I also tried to make a skeletal arm, but without a mold it didn't really look like anything and I painted over it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Broken Goblin

Three out of the four goblins in this series survived intact. This one came out of the kiln with the left arm, the smiling hammer, and the loincloth detached. I tried to reattach them with epoxy glue but I couldn't get it to bond and ended up throwing it out. An hour later, I decided I wanted a last picture of it before sending it off to goblin hell. The top of the head had also broken off, and the left ear was missing. I probably could have found it if I were to spend some more time sifting through the coffee grounds and assorted vegetable matter in the garbage, but I decided I had what I needed for the photo. Its three intact brethren are at the potstud waiting to be glazed.

Menorah 11

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spiky Pot in Ivyland

...on the windowsill in the kitchen where it belongs.

More D&D Stuff

Ochre jellies for next week's session of D&D Encounters.

Zombies. I'm bound to need them eventually.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Carrion Vine Seed Pods

In tonight's episode of Encounters, the party is asked to act as bodyguards for a skilled and useful but easily distracted and very vulnerable elf wizard. As the elf searches for herbal medicines, she is attacked by the bloodthirsty seed pods of a carrion vine. I imagine them as watermelon-colored chain chomps.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chamsa 3

Down Down to Goblin Town

I am DMing the fourth season of D&D Encounters and I wanted to make as many of the miniatures as possible. These are goblins holding such weapons as scissors, a hammer, and a large, joint-like object which would be a javelin of some sort. Below is the universal soundtrack to any scene involving goblins, although the goblins from the Rankin-Bass cartoon of The Hobbit are much more menacing (which makes sense because goblin was apparently Bilbo's own term for an orc). I imagine them more like the screaming, knife-wielding jungle people in Diablo 2.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chamsa 2

This is one of my chamsa prototypes. I saved Chamsa 1 to be painted with acrylics, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm hoping it sparks my new career arc as a professional maker of Judaica.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Shroom 11

I don't have an accurate count of how many mushrooms I've made, so I'm naming this one Shroom 11. The black glaze covering the mouth came out thin and weak. I may try adding another coat and glaze firing again.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vicious Animal Mug 2: Cuddly-Vicious

This is my second Vicious Animal Mug, modeled on Ed the Developmentally Challenged Hyena from The Lion King. It's slightly less vicious than the last one because it's for a friend in Texas who probably prefers her Vicious Animal Mugs a little more cuddly. Cuddly-Vicious is, of course, the combination of adjectives coined by R. Crumb to describe his sexual behavior.

Note the effective use of a wrinkled sheet as a background, with the brightness digitally altered to create a warm, glowing yellow effect.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Centipede Incense Holder in Action

It works. It can fill up the room with foul, non-mind-altering smoke. Yay.

Cockroach Dudes 2 and 3

Cockroach Dude 2

Cockroach Dude 3, Dorsal View

Cockroach Dude 3, Ventral View

Cockroach Dudes 1, 2, and 3

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Half Painted Towelie

I painted part of the Towelie object, but I was having my doubts about the shade of blue. I used a cheap acrylic paint of the color known as "denim," but I'm thinking that Towelie should be a lighter, more primary blue.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rubber Monsters 4, 5, and 6

Here are more clay collage pieces based on a mold of an unknown Japanese rubber-suit movie monster.

Rubber Monster 4's head comes from a tourist statue from Hawaii made from volcanic rock. It was half of a pair of statues of a chubby elderly couple that was around my parents' house for years and ended up in my possession. I got rid of them when I moved, but not before making a mold. That mark above her right eye was unintentional, probably the result of placing the piece too close to another, but it reminds me of schizophrenic rock god Wesley Willis, who developed a darkened calloused spot on his forehead as a result of affectionately headbutting his friends and admirers.

Rubber Monster 5 has the head of Skeletor.

I don't know the source and context of this Rubber Monster 6's head. I found it in a box of action figure fragments at R Galaxy in Tucson.