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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.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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: