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Aberrant Ceramics is the art of Aaron Nosheny.

I make hand-built pottery, sculpture, ornaments, masks, menorahs, and other clay objects.

I also use glazed and painted ceramic objects in digitally constructed illustrations, including a children's book and a Tarot deck.

Contact me with any questions, sales inquiries, or to propose a commission.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Aberrant Meercat Pot

I'm happy with how the sculptural part of the Aberrant Meercat Pot came out.  I've had several people tell me it looks like a dog, but I think it matches the shape of a meercat's head fairly well.  Here are some meercat photos for reference.


The Aberrant Meercat Pot.  I resisted the urge to try to match the coloration or to try to add texture.






This is my recent dream about a meercat:


I’m at a big party at the studio.  Someone hands me a live meercat.  It keeps biting me with its razor sharp teeth.  Other people are alarmed.  They ask if I let it bite me before.  Someone else holds the meercat and I’m relieved.  Some bites have broken the skin and I wonder if I should seek medical attention.  The meercat has grown into a large, vicious creature which gleefully terrorizes the people at the party.

Metachamsa Pot

I like these arrowhead-shaped ghost things made from the outline of a chamsa.  This is a slab/coil pot decorated with metachamsas.  There are 12 metachamsas on the pot and another 8 on the lid.





The pot is asymetrical and the lid fits loosely, as with most of my pottery. 


Chamsa 91

This is a three-layer chamsa.  The pussywillow glaze on the smallest hand and the glossy black glaze on the largest one came out nicely.  The "floating blue" on the middle one is reliably weak.


Chamsa 90


Silverfish 2

This is my second attempt at an anatomically correct silverfish, based on an illustration in the "Teach Me About Insects" card set.  This pieces is about 10.5 inches long.



Tardigrade 4

The interdimensional youth craze for the adorable and vacuum-resistant water bears has resulted in the sales and departure of my previous three tardigrades.  Here is #4.  I made flat, clawed feet more similar to mammalian bear feet than real water bear feet, hoping that they wouldn't break off in the kiln.  The feet on the caudal segment lost a few toes, but otherwise I like how it came out.




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mako Root Objects

I found a figure of a white, ape-like creature called Mugato.  I don't usually buy Star Trek objects and I hadn't seen the episode from the original series, but I couldn't resist this one.  It came with several accessories.  I learned from a collectors' website that this is a "mako root for Nona to cure Kirk with," but otherwise I would have had no idea what this thing was.


Horned Devotion Cup 2

This is the second of the Horned Devotion Cups. I named the original sculptures devotions around Halloween 2011 to differentiate them from the other series of sculptures I had made called atavisms. Someone asked, "What's a Devotion Cup?" and I couldn't think of an answer.



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Space Coyotes 6 and 7



Two Clay Objects My Father Made

These are the two clay objects my father made when he visited me at the pottery studio.






This one survived the bisque kiln but broke in the glaze kiln, which is unusual.  Usually if something is going to break, it breaks during the bisque firing.



Dumbo Octopus Sculpture: A Real Sea Critter?

I listed my Dumbo Octopus Sculpture on Etsy and, as a part of my far-reaching and well-thought-out marketing strategy, posted a picture of the Dumbo Octopus Sculpture with my cat Calvin on a Reddit forum entirely devoted to images of cats.


Someone posted a comment showing concern for the sea creature about to eaten alive by a cat.  I'm flattered that someone took my sculpture for a real octopus and it makes me happy to know that there are people like this brave individual looking out for the safety of the small and the slimy.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Temecula Children's Museum and Tardigrade 2

I recently sold a sculpture for use in "Pennypickles Workshop" at the Temecula Children's Museum.  The sculpture was a clay interpretation of a tardigrade/water bear.  I called to find out the details and learned that my Tardigrade sculpture will be used in presentations aimed at children and that it will be kept behind glass so that they can't break it.



Here is my "Tardigrade 2" Sculpture:






Someone on Reddit said that "this creatures mouth appears to be an anus" and now it's in a children's museum!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chwidencha Pot WIP

Finished Chwidencha Pot

My shelf is almost clear and that means it's time for more large projects.  This is a pot with a Chwidencha on top.  A chwidencha is a spider-like creature with several tiers of legs.




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Extruder Objects

I've been using a small clay extruder for some of my recent work.  I've been looking for excuses to incorporate the excess extruded clay and here they are.  The wise man came out; the other one has a skull under there somewhere, but it's covered by the coils.



Mandibles Shotglass

During my parents' most recent visit to Tucson, my father came with me to the studio.  He made two clay objects and I made this very simple, very small slab pot.



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Silverfish 1 and Chamsa 89

I had hoped this combination of glazes would come out as a slightly glittery, matte off-white, but it's definitely blue.  I don't like this silverfish enough to be disappointed, but I'm going to look into other options for the second silverfish sculpture.  This sculpture is twice the length of the source image, but the width is the same.  It makes the legs and antennae look distorted.


I used the same glaze combination ("Dry Matte Turquoise" over "Pussywillow") for Chamsa 89.


Horned Devotion Cup 1

I recently sold a sculpture called the Horned Devotion.  The buyer said she was using it as a ring holder, which never would have occurred to me.  I was intending to make another, similar sculpture and produced a series of cups instead.  This is the first one.  The molds on the side come from resin Halloween decorations.





Fifteen-Eyed Pot

This pot was originally meant to be part of the Aberrant Meercat Pot.  I meant for it to start out wide at the base, then get smaller, and then widen again, but it didn't look like the pot would support the weight of the sculpted head on top of it.  I added a thick strip of clay to the narrow part, but I decided to make another pot with straight walls to use with the meercat sculpture.  This is the reject.  I covered it with a pattern of eyes and spent four hours glazing it.  I like how it came out, but it's still a reject.




Friday, March 15, 2013

Return to Opabinia Island

I already did an Opabinia post in 2010, but it came up in a Deviantart conversation and I took some better pictures.  Opabinia is a bizarre fossil invertebrate with five eyes from the Burgess Shale.

This is my second Opabinia.  It's 11 inches long.  I made it some time between 2004 and 2006.




This is my first Opabinia.  It was one of my earliest clay pieces.  The snout broke off and I glued it back on.