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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, April 26, 2011

Robot Pendant

I haven't been able to get the Robot Goddess idea to come out without losing pieces, but I managed a Robot Pendant with the same head.

Here's the soundtrack for the post if you require one:

Cat Head Pendant 3

Cat Head 3 came out intact, but it's hard to get all of the delicious details in one shot, so here are three.

Robot Goddess 2

Like the first one, the second Robot Goddess did not survive intact. The arm broke off in the bisque kiln. I was planning on reattaching it and painting it silver. The antennae came through the bisque kiln intact and were somehow broken off in either loading or unloading the glaze kiln. One of the antennae is still fused to the body, as can be seen below. This means someone fucked up, broke my work, and was too much of coward to leave me one of those "I'm sorry I broke your piece" notes. Fuck you, anonymous Robot Goddess mutilator!

That little green spherical object was a part of the antenna, properly attached before it was left on the glaze shelf.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I Require a Dragon

I require a dragon for the last session of The March of the Phantom Brigade. I tried to actually form the clay into the shape of a giant wing├Ęd lizard, but it wasn't working, so I resorted to a cartoonish 2D effect. It came out looking like a head from the prow of a Viking longship or the body of a three year old's crayon drawing of a dog.

Also note armless Skeletor in the background.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mastery of Human Anatomy

With this post, I would like to flaunt my mastery over the portrayal of the human anatomy in clay. Thank you.

Small Carrion Crawler

This is the carrion crawler scuttler for my D&D Encounters game.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sleestak Column

The Sleestak are a species of reptilian/insectoid humanoid beings from the classic seventies Saturday morning TV show Land of the Lost. Land of the Lost involves the adventures of a family of three modern-day (that is, seventies modern-day) human beings trapped in a loop of space-time also occupied by various beings from diverse locations and eras. The Sleestak are brutal and primitive although they are descended from a civilized and highly evolved race.

I like the visceral effect of leaving the back open.

An image of a Sleestak from Land of the Lost.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Fate of Robot Goddess 1

The wounded Robot Goddess (a.k.a. Bug Mama) finds a new station in life as a garden ornament.

A mysterious woman in gingham helps to arrange the Robot Goddess in Her new home.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Big Maggot

Finished Big Maggot Sculpture

This is based on an electron microscope image of a fly larva. If it survives, I'll also post the original image.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blazing Skeletons

Blazing skeletons for this week's Encounter.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Large Carrion Crawler

The carrion crawler is a classic D&D monster, a centipede-like creature with paralyzing tentacles around the mouth, as seen in this illustration from the AD&D Monster Manual:

I made a miniature carrion crawler, which hasn't been painted, and also this large version. It doesn't rest on a surface evenly, it lost one tentacle, and it's not my best work, but here it is anyway.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cat Head 2

I am continuing with the quest for wearable clay pendants even though the Etsy connection didn't work out. This is my second attempt at a Cat Head pendant, slightly smaller than the first. Unfortunately, it lost an ear, so I'm planning on abandoning it somewhere in the Rillito. Because it was damaged, I glazed it one uniform color instead of using a detailed and disorienting color scheme. I think I like the single-glaze effect better.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Robot Goddess Saga

The Robot Goddess did not survive the bisque kiln. I glazed it anyway and I'm planning on abandoning it somewhere in the Rillito.

Here is the back view.

The source is my own crude drawing dating from 1986. My artistic representation of breasts is still not much more realistic than it was then. Her name was Dale-a.

This is a collaged version of the same entity from around 1994. I had the image saved as "Bug Mama."

This is my unbisqued second attempt at the Robot Goddess.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


These are fragments that were interesting enough not to discard into the slip bucket.
The four on the top row are derived from the mold of "Buzzcut," the stern soldier doll kept around the studio for either anatomical purposes or for people who like to play with dolls. On the bottom row, the two claws are from Robot Goddess 1, which did not survive intact. The next three are from the alien eraser mold used to make the Dwarf Spirits, the minotaur eraser mold used to make the zombies, and the baby/bodhisattva face used for many purposes.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Orc Spirits

Three orc spirits, also from this week's Encounter.

Sid the Orc

Kid the Orc

The Orc with the Grell Brain Slug Hat

Dwarf Spirits

These are the three dwarf spirits for this week's episode of D&D Encounters. I intended to create Tolkien dwarves, but I think they came out more like Disney dwarves. I don't think I'm going to actually use them. They're a little taller than the orc spirits and they're also top heavy, so when the proprioception-challenged Warforged bard collides with the table for nth time, they'll fall on their big noses, a completely unacceptable afterlife situation for dwarves.