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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, March 31, 2011

Chamsa 11

My Etsy Commission Story

A month ago I was contacted by a woman through my Etsy store, from which I’ve made exactly zero sales. She saw the Cat Columns and Beholder which I had for sale and was interested in incorporating modified versions of them into her jewelry. So I made a Cat Head and a Beholder with extra holes that could be used to strap them to one’s chest. I sent her pictures of the heads and a few of me modeling them in the bathroom mirror (completely clothed, by the way). The Etsy Jewelry Lady liked them and asked me how much I wanted for them. I had no idea what to say. My art career business advisor suggested I charge $100 for the two pieces, but I knew the Etsy Jewelry Lady wouldn’t pay that. I decided I could live with $40 for both items, but I asked for $50, reasoning that I could offer to lower the price if the buyer thought it was too high. She did think it was too high. The pieces in my Etsy gallery were priced low because I wanted to get rid of them and the Etsy Jewelry Lady was expecting to pay about $15 each. I offered to meet her halfway at $40, but I never heard back from her.
A Cat Column from my Etsy store, apparently misleadingly priced at $8.00 because I really wanted to get rid of it.

The Beholder and Cat Head made as commissions.

Now I'm going to have to wear the damned things myself:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dwarves and Blazing Skeletons

These came out looking more like garden gnomes than I was hoping. They're partially modeled on the dwarves in the Rankin-Bass cartoon version of The Hobbit. They have big noses, beards, and hoods. Because of the noses, they're also a little top heavy (hence the scaffolding).

Blazing Skeletons. Skeletons Afire.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cat Head and Orcs

Tucson Museum of Art

Some chamsas and an incense holder at the Tucson Museum of Art craft sale.

I sold two pieces:

The Clock Idea

My father is making a clock out of the small molded pieces I gave him. The coin place holders at 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 8:00 mean that I need to send more random clay objects.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cat Head Pendant

This was also meant to be worn as jewelry, but it doesn't hang correctly.

Beholder 10

I received a commission from an Etsy jewelry maker for a beholder. It's bulky, heavy, and fairly fragile, but I guess it could be worn as jewelry.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Medium Chamsas

Carrion Crawlers on the Brain

I looked ahead in The March of the Phantom Brigade and at some point, I'm going to need a carrion crawler. I made a miniature figure to fit in a 2 in. by 2 in. square and a larger version. I like the mini much better so far.

Miniature Carrion Crawler:

Large Carrion Crawler:

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Last Zombie

The missing undead warrior (Zombie 9) from yesterday's post. The hairline and the right eye are from a plastic Burger King figure of a comical Tarzan-type character.

Another shot of the phantom armiger with Squidhead mouthparts because one was not enough.

The whole happy group together in the kitchen in front of a black t-shirt.

Phantom Brigade, Second Group

These are more undead shock troops for use in D&D Encounters - The March of the Phantom Brigade.

I would like to point out that this one contains the mouthparts of Jabba the Hutt's Quarren accountant Tessek.

This one's face is from one of those horrific Christmas decorations of empty-eyed children in choir robes singing songs from some eldritch tome.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yet More Chamsas

Chamsa 9

Chamsa 10

Small Chamsas 3 and 4

Unfired Robot Goddess

Why can't I make breasts look anything like breasts?

Sleestak Ungagged

The sleestak column with the gag removed.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cannabis Leaf 2

Cannabis Leaf 1 broke before it was bisque fired and I suspected that pro-prohibition forces in the studio were responsible. Fuck them, because medical marijuana is now a reality is Arizona. On second thought, I think it was probably not sabotage.

Chamsa 8: The Grell Chamsa

This chamsa uses the grell brain texture.

Another image of the D&D grell toy.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I haven't found a use for these goblins yet, but I'm sure I will eventually.

This goblin is holding a spear-like object which resembles a joint.

This goblin has TV evangelist hair, is carrying a primitive, fork-like weapon, and wearing a loincloth.

This goblin has a black fur speedo and is running with scissors.