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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, February 27, 2013

Teach Me About Insects (Silverfish WIP)

Finished Silverfish 1 Sculpture

I found some lovely insect flashcards from the early 60s in a thrift store.  They have nice, detailed drawings and for my first clay interpretation, I chose the silverfish.  Not as intrusive as a cockroach, but you're never alone when there's a silverfish afoot.

The "Teach Me About Insects" flashcards:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Metachamsa Pot WIP

Finished Metachamsa Pot

I've been calling these vaguely ghost-shaped objects Metachamsas since they're made from the outline of the fingers of a chamsa.  The shape appeals to me but I'm not sure why.  Also, my shelf is now almost full again so I need to switch to smaller objects until these larger ones are dry enough to move to the kiln room.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

San Gregorio Beach

I visited the Bay Area this past week and set free this large clay eye at San Gregorio Beach south of Half Moon Bay.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Horned Devotion Cup WIP

Finished Horned Devotion Cup 1

A few weeks ago, I sold the Horned Devotion on Etsy.  It was one of a series of 2011 Halloween decorations using molded doll faces.  The buyer said she was going to use it as a ring holder.  Last night I had intended to make something similar, and I ended up with this instead.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Meercat Project, Part 4: Meercat Pot WIP

The Meercat sculpture is now placed on top of the pot.  I resisted the urge to make hair texture on the sculpture and pot.

Fifteen-Eyed Pot WIP

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chamsas 87 and 88

Chamsa #87

Chamsa #88

The Meercat Project Part 3: Switching Pots

I decided that I wanted the meercat sculpture to end up on top of a pot instead of as a stand-alone sculpture.  I made a new coil/slab pot for it tonight.

I turned the original pot into another eye pot.  Finished Fifteen-Eyed Pot

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Meercat Project, Part 2: Bust of Meercat

A few nights ago I made a coil/slab pot that was intended to be part of a vessel with a sculpture of a meercat's head on top.  I managed to sculpt a meercat that I'm happy with, but the pot started to collapse when I put the sculpture on top.  It may need to dry more or it may be the wrong shape.  I tried to give it some contour by having it grow narrower from the base and then wider again, but this may cause the pot to be too structurally weak to hold the weight of a sculpted meercat.  I attempted to remedy the problem by adding another strip of clay to the weak, concave part near the base, but I'm not sure if it's going to work.  I may need to forget the pot and just make a bust of meercat.

My meercat source page:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Early 2013 Scraps

These are scraps left over from various projects.

Spare baby heads (I hate to waste a perfectly good baby head).

 Spare warthog eyes left over from the Aberrant Warthog Pot.

An extra skull from Horned Devotion Cup 1.

I haven't found a use for the clay hands yet.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Meercat Project, Part 1: Hakuna Matata

Someone on Facebook responded to the Aberrant Warthog Pot with "Hakuna Matata" and the appropriate response seemed to be to pledge my next piece to be an Aberrant Meercat Pot, keeping with The Lion King theme.

Tonight I made a slab pot in the planned shape, although mine didn't come out as symmetrical as the one in the illustration.

Eye Pot WIP

Tonight I added the tentacle-like texture between and around the eyes on this pot.
Finished Thirteen-Eyed Pot

Here's another WIP:  another Cthulhu Idol.
Finished Cthulhu Idol #7

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dumbo Octopus Sculpture

There really is an organism called the Dumbo octopus.  Octopuses of the genus Grimpoteuthis are some of the rarest and deepest dwelling of their kind.  The protruding fins must have reminded someone of the mutant baby elephant in the well-known Disney film.

Source image of the Dumbo octopus:

Cthulhu Religious Object #6

This Cthulhu Idol broke in several places in the kiln.  It could have been tiny air pockets in the extremities or some other unforeseeable kiln accident, but I suspect someone dropped it.  It's not one of my better Cthulhuines, so it's not a great loss.  I glued the pieces back together and painted it with acrylics.

Eye Pots

Yesterday I learned that my Eleven-Eyed Pot had finally sold at Tucson Clay Co-op's gallery.

I'm happy to make a sale, but it leaves me curious about what happens to the piece after it leaves the gallery.  I think I would be happier to stay in communication with the buyer and get yearly update pictures of its condition and location.

I started a new eye pot, this one with thirteen eyes.
Finished Thirteen-Eyed Pot

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Black Ghosts / Metachamsas, Part 3

These are a third set of metachamsas, clay objects formed from the outline of a chamsa.  I was originally calling them "black ghosts" and it has been pointed out to me that they don't look like "real ghosts."  Also, not all of them are black.

And one large eye:

Rotifer Sculpture

Rotifers are tiny animal lifeforms which are distantly related to arthropods.  They're transparent, cup-shaped creatures which can be viewed under a microscope.  Most of the images I found showed and labeled the rotifer's internal structures and I attempted to recreate this in clay.  Clay is not transparent of course, so it came out looking like the end results of a rotifer dissection.

Some of the structures match what I saw in images and others are added just to make it look like there's a lot going on in there. 

These are my source images:

Aberrant Warthog Pot

The pot is actually more aberrant than the warthog.  Maybe it should have been "Warthog Aberrant Pot."

I had been intending on making another Warthog Column, but it came out as a pot in five pieces.  I like how the warthog came out.  The pots look very primitive.

Warthog Columns 1-4: