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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.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Snake Mold Objects

I would love an excuse to use these as D&D miniatures. I was thinking they could be shadow nagas.

Chamsa 28

In addition to my initials and the year, this one has a serial number on the back. I stopped doing this around April, so I'm not sure where this chamsa has been hiding all this time. Maybe it was stolen and the thief decided to give it back.

Stormtrooper Menorah 2, Finished Version

This is the reglazed version of the Stormtrooper Menorah. It's still cracked, but the cracks are a little better camouflaged.

Details of the extended stormtrooper molds on the center columns:

A stormtrooper with broken legs:

The chaotic back side of the menorah. I think the large slab of clay is the only thing keeping the whole thing together.

Hannukah in July: Stormtrooper Menorah 2 alight:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Grell 3

Grell 3 stands erect and proud on its tentacles. The head is bulbous yet proportionate. The beak has a regal if not suggestive expression. This is a grell you can take home and have wild drunken sexual adventures with.

Grell 2

Grell 1 survived the kiln but was damaged when I dropped it while glazing. This is Grell 2, the Cousin Sven of my series of grells. The head is too large, the tentacles are too short, and he looks like he would whiz on the electric fence.

Tonight at the Studio

Tonight I went to the studio with no clear concept of what I wanted to make. I found the object on the right in the photo below on someone else's shelf and decided to make a copy of it. It looks somewhat like an apple with legs and a face or possibly a crude depiction of a woman's torso with a stem instead of a head.

There was still time and clay left so I also made a Grell Cup, a member of the dysfunctional pottery line.

The present cast of weird clay objects on my shelf:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scared Kid in Bed

At one point I wanted to make a story called The Angry Mop Head, illustrated with clay images. It was about a kid who is afraid of a vicious mop in his closet. He has a nightmare about it in which it chases him through a maze. He trips, the mop catches up with him, and when he wakes up, the mop has replaced his face. The rest of the story illustrates the milestones of the rest of his life, all with a mop face. I made some mop heads (see below), but I found this object at the back of my shelf and decided to glaze it.

The Mop Heads:

Chamsa 27

Lolth Icon

This is an image of the demon goddess Lolth, based on the callipygian drawing from the AD&D Fiend Folio. It's intended to be not so much a representation of Lolth than an icon, a statue than could be found on the altar in Drow households throughout the Underdark, a holy object to which every good Drow youngster might be encouraged to whisper his or her every infraction against the Drow lifestyle (such as spiders inadvertently trampled) as well as secrets about his or her parents so that they might be punished accordingly.

Lolth in all her big-assed glory:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Unfired Bender

Last year when I was making IG-88 figures, they came out unsteady as if from alcohol overindulgence. This year, I'm giving my clay figures an excuse to lurch about nauseously.

Unfired White Mushroom

Stormtrooper Menorah 2

I was hoping this would come out better than it did. It has some large cracks. I'm going to try to add some more glaze and have it glaze fired again. It won't fix the cracks, but it might help hide them by making the clay inside the cracks the same color as the rest of the menorah.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Robot Goddess Stamp

I had a rubber stamp made of my robot goddess drawing. Of course I tried it out on a slab of clay as soon as possible.

I've also been stamping it on money whenever possible.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Unfired Tar Devils

Tar devils for next week's Encounters game, although they probably won't be done in time.

Runners-up for the Face of Lolth

The two runners-up for the face of Lolth. They're back, in pog form. The winner was a distorted image of the face of Deanna Troi.

And a small crude chamsa.

Chamsas 24, 25, and 26

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Slobber Cup

This is a cup or bowl in the shape of an imaginary marsupial called the slobber, Reteostium cortepellium. It comes from After Man: A Zoology of the Future by Dougal Dixon, which speculates on the evolution of animal lifeforms on earth fifty million years after the extinction of human beings.

The slobber is a sloth-like marsupial which captures its prey in the sticky strands of mucus secreted from its mouth.

The slobber is blind, but its vestigial eyes are still present behind the algae-colored fur.

Top view of the slobber cup.

The illustration of the slobber from After Man.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Unfired Xorn

I'm finally fulfilling my life-long dream of rendering the xorn in clay. The xorn is a a tripod-like D&D monster with its mouth on top of its head.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chamsa 23: The Emperor Scarab Chamsa

The three figures on the chamsa come from a mold of a scarab beetle key chain from Las Vegas and the head of a figure of Emperor Palapatine.

Details of a free-standing Emperor Scarab: