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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.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chamsa 66

This is Chamsa 66, an extra large chamsa.  I considered giving it tentacles.  Perhaps next time.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Winged IG-88 Menorah

A few years I made a menorah with molds of IG-88 on the front.  IG-88 is the assassin droid from The Empire Strikes Back.  This menorah has only one image of IG-88, but it has wings.  The menorah itself is made from flat slabs of clay, so it's much lighter than my other menorahs.  There is also a very subtle pattern scratched in the clay on the front, but it didn't come out because the glaze is too thick.

I started another slab menorah with more elaborate butterfly wings.  The slabs were still a little moist while putting it together so it may not turn out as sturdy.

This is a spare winged IG-88 that got fired along with the chamsa scraps.

Spiral Menorah 3

This is my third spiral menorah.  The first one had a glaze anomaly and turned out very poorly when I attempted the reglaze it.  The second one fell and broke before I had the chance to bisque fire it.  This one is my first regulation menorah, with all of the candle holders except the one for the shamas at the same height.

Chamsa Scraps, Part 2

More scraps left over from the small chamsas.

I think I have that crap out of my system for now.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Chamsa Scraps, Part 1

The recent small chamsas left interesting curves in the parts of the clay that would normally be discarded.  I was determined not to waste these curves.

Eyeball Scrap Objects, Part 4

Two Small Chamsas

These are the same as the chamsa clock pieces, but they have holes so they can be hung.  Someone has pointed out to me that they look like they're giving an obscene hand gesture.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Unfired Pot, With Babies

This is another coil pot, decorated with baby heads in the mouth and around the outside of the pot.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mother's Day Spiky Pot

This is a coil pot with spines constructed as a Mother's Day gift.

Painted Achaierai

This is the painted version of my achaierai sculpture.  I haven't decided yet whether I want to go back and add some painted accents to the feathered textures.  The achaierai is a D&D monster that resembles a murderous giant parakeet with four legs.


Clay brains in various colors from a Halloween gelatin mold.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to mass produce these and sell them for $4 on Etsy.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chamsa Clock Pieces

These are small (one inch) chamsas meant as clock pieces.

Eyeball Scrap Objects Part 3

Menorahs of the Future

I made three new menorahs. The first one fell and broke before it was even dry. It was similar to this menorah with spirals, but the segments were smaller. The Bride of Frankenstein candle to the right has the spiral pattern on top of its head.

This menorah is made from flat slabs of clay.  The decoration in the center is a mold of an IG-88 assassin droid with wings.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Chamsa 65

This is Chamsa 65.  There is a comic book/action figure/geek culture store in Tucson called R Galaxy.  I occasionally visit to ogle the Star Wars figures.  They also have a few boxes of toy fragments for $0.25 each - broken pieces of action figures and other, less recognizable objects.  The pattern on this chamsa comes from one such fragment.

Lamprey Mug

 This is another attempt to make a coil pot, in this case a coil mug.  I like how the mug itself came out, but it took a long time.  After several hours, I had the options to leave the pot unadorned, to save the decoration for another day, or to make a grotesque face quickly and then go home to bed.  I chose the last option because the mug felt naked without a face and because I'm accustomed to finishing a piece in one sitting.  I think the lamprey face is too simplistic and not interesting enough.

Aberrant Ceramics Show

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Duck Head/Kenku Bust

 This object, constructed while I was considering quitting my job, was intended to be a duck head.  Now that I've already quit, I think I like it better as a Kenku bust.