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, February 6, 2013

The Darth Vader Pot That Wasn't

I bought this strange object at a thrift store last year.  It looks like a Mr. Potato Head or anthropomorphized M&M version of Darth Vader, with all the facial features missing, but with a nicely formed helmet.  I attempted a Darth Vader pot a few years ago and it didn't survive.  I managed to make a small flowerpot with simplified helmet and features, but it wasn't what I wanted.  This time, I tried to use the helmet from this thing as a mold.  It didn't work and I ended up destroying the whole pot.  It was about half a bag (ten dollars worth) of clay and about three days' work, but the disappointing part is finding something that I can't make out of clay.  Why should Darth Vader's helmet be so difficult?

Unfortunately I didn't document the process of the failed Darth Vader pot, but this what I made tonight after I destroyed it.  One of my Halloween Devotion statues from 2011 sold on Etsy so I thought I would make another one.