/* Pinterest website claiming thingie */ /* That's it for the pinterest thingie */ Aberrant Ceramics: August 2011


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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chamsas 36 and 37

This is Chamsa 36, with the boot print from a thrift store GI Joe doll.

This is Chamsa 37. The impressions are from a rubber stamp found at the studio. The eye is from a mold of the type of eye on all prior chamsas, so it forms a negative image.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Twig Blights

These are twig blights, fey plant monsters for my D&D Encounters game. The image on the bottom right is the one that mysteriously disappeared from the kiln room shelf before it was fired.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lobster Mold, Wererat Gang, Oozes

This is a mold of a large (11 inch) plastic lobster for a commissioned lobster chamsa.

Here are three more wererats for the Wererat gangsters in Lost Crown of Neverwinter.

These are various oozes and slimes I'm going to need throughout the game.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Furious Ape Stars

A recent thrift store shopping trip yielded this delightful fellow, a cybernetic ape with the characters "CY-3" on the arm. It is apparently Cy-Gor, a character from the Spawn comics.

One press mold of its face later, I produced these three Furious Ape Stars.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Applepussy Monstrosity

I have no idea what this is. It looks like a veiny apple with monstrous tits, lasciviously splayed legs, and a sphincter-like orifice in the front.

The Applepussy Monstrosity is based on a child's clay sculpture that I found on someone else's shelf on a night that I didn't have any brilliant ideas of my own. Here are the two objects side by side.

The view from above: it looks like it should be smokeable, and yet it's not.

Twig Blight Shenanigans

Here are the twig blights from last week that went into the kiln...

...and here are the twig blights that were waiting on the shelf after the kiln ordeal? Notice anything missing? The twig blight on the far left in the above photo was nowhere to be seen. There wasn't even the usual pile of shattered limbs and jagged shards of head that usually appear when something has broken in the kiln.

I wrote a note to address the negligent twig blight handlers and left it in the kiln room.

I made one more twig blight to replace the missing one.

And I also made a few wererats to populate the Dead Rat gang in Lost Crown of Neverwinter.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chamsas 33, 34, and 35

Three chamsas made after someone told me they were supposed to have the fingers pointing down, before I found out from another source that they are supposed to point the other way.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Garden Sculptures


Warthog 1 was damaged in the Falling Shelf Disaster of Twenty Ten.

The mint appeared dead after leaving it inside for a few days, but it has resurrected itself once again. This mint is truly the Body of Christ. Hoc est corpus.


At some point, it's going to be necessary to slaughter the basil plant and make pesto.


This is an interpretation of the Joint of Mutton from Through the Looking Glass. Alice finally gets to be queen. She has a lavish banquet thrown in her honor, but the other two chess queens won't let her eat. They insist on introducing her to each item of food, after which it's considered impolite to eat it.

The small planter to the left of the one with the Dill-Joint is a plant which sprouted in the soil without any help from me. I transplanted it and I thought it was dead, but it lives. I'll try to identify it when it flowers.

The dill hasn't broken surface yet.


This is an effigy of Bill the Cat; due to a life of debauchery and substance abuse, it cannot stand on its own.


This is the result of making clay objects spontaneously and not having a specific model in mind.

My Productive Tuesday Night at the Studio

There is one episode of this season of D&D Encounters which has a variety of fey plant monsters. They present Twig Blights, Twig Blight Swampvines, and Twig Blight Swampvine Seedlings as separate entities. I already have clay objects suitable for use as the seedlings (the Carrion Vine Seed Pods from March of the Phantom Brigade), but I'm attempting to make easily differentiable minis for the other two entities. These are Twig Blight Swampvines. The last object is meant to be a Dire Rat.

There is an extinct North American mammal called the dire wolf. It was larger and scarier than the extant wolves, so the publisher's formula to make a scarier version of any normal animal is "Dire x" where x is the name of the animal. This is meant to be a dire rat.

Finally, this is Rollo Bones from the children's book Rollo Bones, Canine Hypnotist by Marshall M. Moyer. Thus concludes the fruits of my productive Tuesday night at the studio.

Monday, August 15, 2011

White Clay Mushroom

The glazes look lighter and more vivid on a white clay body. Other than that, I prefer the speckled buff clay that I've been using for years.


The xorn is a classic D&D monster. It's a refugee from the Elemental Plane of Earth (or the Elemental Chaos in 4e), a being that burrows easily through solid rock in search of rare, valuable, and delicious gems, a being which is quite happy to kill to get them.

The toothy mouth on the top of the head is obviously a vagina dentata. I noticed that the tripod-like legs and nose-like arms each came in groups of three. It made sense to add a third eye and I attempted to place it so as to give the vagina dentata something to be happy about.

The endearingly clunky xorn from the AD&D Monster Manual. It was unselfconsciously weird drawings like this that originally drew me to the game.

Of course, the new publisher had to make it look cooler and more menacing for 4th edition.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Unfired Twig Blights

Twig blight miniatures for an upcoming Encounters episode. They're supposed to be fey plant creatures. They have many breakable protrusions and I wanted to be sure to document them before they are subjected to the drying process and then the sheer hell of the kilns.