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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.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bingo the Robotic Floating Clown Head

For my next Aqua Teen Hunger Force piece, this is Bingo the Robotic Floating Clown Head. I only wish I could give his rainbow clown hair better volume.

Bingo from the ATHF episode "The Clowning."

Mooninites 2

Another set of Mooninites, this time with sealer. I'm not sure glossy is a good look for superior moon aliens.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Small Frog

I wanted to make miniatures to represent the Sporeback and Thornskin frogs for a D&D Encounters game a few weeks ago. I couldn't get the scale right for it to fit in a one inch square. This was as small as I could get (about two inches long).

The model was an illustration of an American bullfrog from this book:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Survive the Kiln

This one is actually going to survive the kiln.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Tardigrade Phenomenon

I monitor the traffic to this blog out of curiosity; it doesn't actually make much of a real-world difference how many people visit. Over the past few weeks, I've been noticing a lot of traffic to a post from October 2010 concerning a clay image of a tardigrade, a moderately obscure invertebrate animalcule. Yesterday, the number of hits suddenly jumped up almost to 1000. I edited it to request that visitors explain the sudden popularity of the water bear and I received my answer. There was a BBC article on tardigrades and a lot of people were apparently searching for the term on Google and reaching my tardigrade post.

I made a new tardigrade sculpture last night in celebration.

Tardigrade 2 and Tardigrade 1 together.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Robot Goddess Saga, Part 3

Today the Robot Goddess Saga installation on Sara's neighbor's patio was expanded by Sara and Dion. In addition to the two Robot Goddesses, it includes the stem from Skull Shroom 1 which was damaged when a shelf collapsed last year. A plot seems to have developed involving a conflict between the aliens and their monstrous Robot Goddesses against the human soldiers.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Frog Rage

I needed a tiny monstrous frog with fungi on its back for an upcoming Encounters game, but I couldn't manage it at that small a scale, resulting in rage and thrown clay.

Yesterday I attempted the sporeback frog on a larger scale. I like how the mushrooms came out (I have some experience with mushrooms). I'm moderately happy with the face and mouth (I have some experience with protruding tongues). The legs came out looking depressingly primitive.

Shark Balls

Shark Balls: A collaborative, rage-based tantrum installation.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chamsas 15 and 16

Chamsa 15

Chamsa 16

Friday, May 6, 2011


These are the Mooninites Ignignokt and Err, superior, amoral, bird-flipping moon aliens from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Ignigokt: Some would say that the Earth is our moon. But that would belittle the name of our moon, which is the moon.

Err: We smoke while we flip the bird.

Chamsa 14

Conjoined Twins

Several years ago, after a visit to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, I made some small, very primitive figures of the different configurations of conjoined twins. These were created to flaunt my new, more sophisticated skills in realistically rendering human anatomy in clay.

Note the fine details of the facial features.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Earthquake Dragon

This is Actherimos the earthquake dragon, the Big Bad from the final session of this season of D&D Encounters.

Actherimos almost disappears when turned on his side.

Big Maggot

This electron microscope image of a fly larva was circulating around the Internet recently and I had to have a try at making a clay version.

"Big Maggot" in clay:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tucson Folk Festival

My studio missed the 4th Avenue Street Fair this year, so we tried a new venue, the Tucson Folk Festival. I was there for a few hours on Saturday morning and there was very little interest in what we were displaying, even the cheap, collectively thrown "chicken" pottery which usually sells fast. Some time between when I left and when the festival was finished on Sunday afternoon, I sold seven chamsas:

It comes out to $73 in sales.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Robot Goddess Saga, Part 2

Robot Goddess 2 has gone to join Robot Goddess 1 in an installation on Sara's neighbor's windowsill. Please note the increased anatomical sophistication of RG2 over RG1.