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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.

Monday, August 15, 2011


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.