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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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Second Set of Black Ghosts / Metachamsas

These are small clay objects made from the outlines of the fingers of chamsas.  I've been calling them black ghosts, but I may want to make some with glazes other than black, so I'm renaming them metachamsas.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Aberrant Giraffe Pot

I modeled this sculptural pot after a piece that I made in 2010.  It was one of my favorite pieces at the time and was badly damaged when a shelf collapsed.  It came out like some kind of unnatural human were-giraffe, hence the name: Aberrant Giraffe Pot.  The functional part of this piece is a hand-built coil/slab pot.

The Giraffe Column of 2010:


and Now:

Giraffe-Goat Sculpture

After the Aberrant Giraffe Pot came out slightly less giraffe-like than I had been hoping, I obtained a plastic giraffe bust from a dollar store to use as a model.  I was disappointed to find that it came out looking more like a goat than a giraffe.  It was later pointed out to me that the model does look more like a spotted goat than a giraffe.  Giraffes have more elongated faces.  The sculpture also lost a horn in the bisque kiln.

The model giraffe-goat:

Pelican Sculpture

I received a lovely plastic figure of a pair of pelicans seated on a stack of books and inaccurate globes as a gift and used it as a model for this sculpture.

The source object:

Tully Monster

This is a clay interpretation of the fossil organism known as the Tully monster.  The Tully monster is the state fossil of Illinois, the only place it has been found.  The fossil is not well enough preserved to clearly place the animal in any extant phylum.

An artist's depiction of the Tully monster:

Despite the way the name sounds, Tully monster was not a character on Sesame Street. 

Space Coyote 5

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chef Objects

These objects are made from press molds of the faces of two grotesque dollar store chef figurines.

These are the two source objects.  The chef in the white suit is missing a hand, so I was only charged $0.50.  The chef in red reminds me of the baby mask worn by Michael Palin in Brazil.

Chamsa 85 and 86

More Cthulhuine WIPs

The person who bought two of my Cthulhu statues from 2004 just bought the last of the three.  I'm very pleased that they get to spend eternity in Rlyeh together.

I celebrated by making three more.

Finished Version of Cthulhu Idols 4 and 5
Finished Version of Cthulhu Idol 6 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Another Fish Embryo WIP

 Many, many small indentations.
Finished Zebrafish Larvae

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fish Embryo WIP

This is an interpretation of a photograph of a zebrafish embryo.

Finished Zebrafish Larvae

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cat Head 4

I considered making salt and pepper shakers shaped like cats for Janell for Christmas, but I couldn't get them to come out anything near cute and I knew she wouldn't like them if they were scary or deranged.  This was one of the cat prototypes.

 This is meant to be wearable art.  It has a hole through the back.  I took several pictures of myself wearing Cat Head 4 as a necklace, but I'm very uncomfortable putting images of myself on this blog, although I have done it a few times in the past and as far as I know, I didn't end up on any Bad Art Pornography sites.  So, here is one bad photo with the eyes blacked out and two (IMO) decent photos with low resolution.  My point is that it can be worn.

Black Ghost Objects

These shapes are made from distorting the outline made from cutting out a chamsa outline.  I had a similar object that entered the glaze kiln and never came out and another one that disappeared after it entered the bisque kiln.  It made me think that it was worth making more.

There are only two of them; I couldn't decide which glare I liked best.

Chamsa 84

This is another experimental chamsa, using one of the eyes left over from the Warthog Column Pot.  To quote Groundskeeper Willie, "Och, back to the loch wi' you, Nessie."