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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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dead Rats Group Photo

Wererats, Part 3

These are the last three wererats of the Dead Rats gang for Lost Crown of Neverwinter.

This one doesn't look anything like a rat.  I think he's a deformed werebadger of some kind.


The tattoo and tag of the Dead Rats Gang:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Last of the Twig Blights

I tried to recreate the lost/stolen twig blight miniature, but several of the tendrils broke.  

Incense Burners

This is the Stingray Incense Burner.

This is the Homoeroticism Incense Burner, since we all have a secret desire to fuck another man's T4.

Cthulhu Madonna Still There

Last May I left the Cthulhu Madonna 2 sculpture out in the desert in an off-trail area of Saguaro National Park West.  Today I visited it.

May 2010

September 2011

It looks like the sculpture was moved upwards.  I just spent about twenty minutes trying to find the location on Google Maps and I think it's around here, but it's hard to tell.  It's off of the Wild Dogs Trail.  After the trail dips down into the wash for the second time, it's on the other side of the wash in a small rocky outcropping. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bee Tile

This is a bee tile made from Danielle's hand-carved bee stamp.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dire Rats

I haven't quite mastered the rat body shape yet, but I think these rats can definitely be accurately described as dire.

The first rat came out like a atavistic dachshund.

The second rat lacks limbs.

I think this is one of the mutated, cursed cellar rats from Stephen King's "Jerusalem's Lot."

Chamsa 41

The First Crocodile

This is the first of my series of crocodiles.  I like how chunky and cartoonish it came out, even if the arms seem to have been transplanted from an equally chunky and cartoonish gorilla.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Unfired Treif Chamsa

This is the mold of Treif the lobster for the Treif Chamsa.  The mold cracked a little, but it's still intact.  It survived the pressing of one lobster form today and I'm guessing it could survive at least one more.

 Treif Chamsa:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Green Slimes

These are green slimes for one of the sewer scenes in "The Lost Crown of Neverwinter."

Wererats, Part 2

A second team of Dead Rat Gang wererats has been completed.

This one is actually a part of the first team of wererats, but the figure broke in half in the kiln and had to be glued together. The face comes from a Pee-Wee Herman bobblehead. I think he's dressed like a Jedi.

This wererat has the look made popular in the AD&D Monster Manual.

This one has the face of Waylon Smithers, as seen in the Simpsons episode Rosebud.

This one has the face of GI Joe or a similar heavily muscled doll for boys. It looked better before glazing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Crocs from Above

Tonight was another Night of the Crocodilians. I made a stencil from a stock image of a crocodilian (I admit I'm not going to bother to learn the anatomical differences among the animals of this group at this time), cut them out, and traced them in four different sizes.

The largest and most detailed crocodilian:

The smallest and least detailed crocodilian and also the only one that would occupy the correct space for its size on a grid:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Night of the Crocodilians

I have an upcoming D&D game that requires crocodiles. Not dire crocodiles. Not plague-changed, blue-fireball-spewing death crocodiles. Just the big normal hungry kind that live in the sewers of Neverwinter. I've been working with the crocodile body shape and I'm finding it hard to make it fit into a one-inch square.

I made this one on Tuesday. I think it looks like one of those classic D&D combo monsters like the owlbear. This would be a gorillacroc.

These are my four crocodile attempts from tonight. I like the second from the left the best. The first one didn't really work; it seems to have Yoshi's head. I kept it because it comes closest to the size necessary for a medium creature on a grid. They are all biting on various objects so that their mouths will dry in an open position.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Skull Circle and Blue Eye

Recent miscellaneous small objects.

The Skull Circle:

A Blue Eye:

Wererats, Part 1

When I was in sixth grade, I acquired some erasers shaped like various mythological creatures and aliens from old science fiction films. I've begun to use them on a regular basis as the bodies for my D&D minis. In this season of D&D Encounters, several scenes take place in the underground hideout of a vicious criminal organization called the Dead Rats. Most of the members are wererats.

This one is meant to be a female Dead Rats member, but unfortunately I don't have any female bodies. I designed the body after asking several people around the studio what rat teats look like. At least one person had an opinion on the matter. The body isn't as nice as the molded bodies, and the rodent incisors don't really work, but I like the shiny black eyes.

Twig Blight #5

This is a late addition to the growing twig blight army that will probably be wiped out quickly by the violent power gamers. This one is meant to replace the one that disappeared from the kiln shelf, although I have another one coming up which is more directly modeled on the disappeared twig blight.

Chamsas 38, 39, and 40

This is a new chamsa pattern suggested by the owner of the store where I have some menorahs and chamsas for sale.

Chamsa 38

Chamsa 39

Chamsa 40. I don't think they really work without the eye.

Rollo Bones

This is from a stencil made from the cover illustration from Rollo Bones, Canine Hypnotist by Marshall M. Moyer.

This is the original illustration.

Kraken Tentacles, Batch 2

This is the second batch of kraken tentacles.

Note that these tentacles all look more or less the same, as the ability to tell them apart is not significant during the game.