Aberrant Ceramics is the ceramic artwork of Aaron Nosheny.

I work in the medium of stoneware clay and make hand-built pottery, primitive sculpture, hamsas, and a variety of other forms. My work celebrates and pushes the plasticity of the medium. The content of the work follows an inner landscape of biological obsessions, psychic damage, and bouncy cartoon animals.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The ustilagor is a Dungeons & Dragons monster originally published in the first edition Monster Manual II. It was a psionic fungoid creature shaped like a human brain. The original concept had neither eyes, mouth, nor mouthparts (see below).

The original illustration of the ustilagor. Note lack of facial features, but what fun is a crawling brain without eyes and an orifice? It also had limbs with which to scurry across a dungeon floor, but I decided that, if I did try to provide it with limbs, they would probably be damaged during the firing process.

Later editions of D&D reimagined the ustilagor as a larval form of the intellect devourer, a dog-sized human brain on four legs which, yes, did its best to make you stupider.