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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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chamsas 96 and 97

These chamsas are colored with a glaze called Pussywillow which shows up as a light matte blue when applied lightly and a darker, slightly glossy blue when applied more heavily.  It doesn't show that well in the photos.

Chamsa 96 (6 inches long)

 Chamsa 97 (10.5 inches long)

Chamsas 96 and 97 shown to scale:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spiky Pot 9 WIP

This is another in a series of spiky pots with faces drawn from Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber.  

Finished Spiky Pot

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rune Stones

I posted a set of rune stones in 2010.  I made another blank set and never got around to painting them until today.  Everyone knows that alphabets are magical and can be used to accurately predict the present; the Nordic/Germanic Futhark alphabet is no exception.

In Good Company With Miss Piggy

This is a Google Image Result that groups my Vicious Animal Mug with some Miss Piggy mugs.  I feel that I'm in good company.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spiky Pots 7 and 8 WIPs

These were intended to be two more spiky pots about 6 inches high and 6 inches in diameter.  The first one turned out to be more elaborate than I was expecting and I realized that if I covered the side and back with spikes, there would be no way to pick it up without damaging the spikes.  So I skipped the spikes.

(Non)-Spiky Pot #7, with a design from a Bhutanese mask:

View the completed Bhutanese Demon Pot here.

Spiky Pot #8, with a design from a Nepalese Wooden Trumpet Rest:

View the completed Nepalese Spiky Pot here.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Chwidencha Pot

This is a hand-built slab/coil pot with a chwidencha on the lid.  A chwidencha is a Dungeons & Dragons monster resembling a spider with an abnormal abundance of legs.  I love the onomatopoeic name, the sound the thing makes as it scuttles across the stone floor towards you in some dank pit to paralyze and devour you.  The pot is uneven and asymmetrical.  The chwidencha is more spider-like than my last one, but I still haven't solved the problem of creating the illusion of sharp angles necessary to make the jointed legs of arthropods look natural.

Distorted Chef WIP

View the completed Red Chef here.

In December, I bought two chef figurines at a dollar store.  I made molds of their faces and objects from the molds in this post.  Tonight I made a copy/interpretation of one of the chefs.  The figure itself is a distortion of human anatomy and I added another layer of distortion myself.  The arms were the most annoying part.  The left arm seems more distorted than the right arm, but I couldn't figure out what was making it look off.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Crumb WIP

This is a clay interpretation of an extremely flattering self-portrait by R. Crumb.  I like how it came out except I couldn't get the lines around the mouth right and the nose looks weird.  Noses never come out the way I want them.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Angry Nun Surrealist Object

This is a clay ornament which I posted on this blog a few years ago, but I was using low quality images that were also too small.  I just listed it on Etsy and I'm posting it again here with a better image.

Angry Nun Surrealist Object for sale at Aberrant Ceramics Etsy Shop

This is a surrealist object from 2010 meant to be hung on one's wall. The shape has a cross at the top and Cthulhoid tentacles at the bottom. The central image is of an angry nun, the mold of which was taken from a wind-up fire breathing nun toy which breathed sparks out of its mouth. The other molds include tiny skulls from a Halloween decoration, a large skull from a Meerschaum pipe from Turkey, and frogs and a lion from some Japanese toys with interchangeable heads.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Chwidencha Sculpture

This is a sculpture of a Dungeons & Dragons monster called the chwidencha.  It resembles a spider that is almost all legs.  I gave it a head because my tiers of spider legs weren't dense enough to obscure the inside and it made more sense for it to have a head under there somewhere.  This piece was practice for the Chwidencha Pot.  I like how the glazes came out, but it lacks the angularity that would make it look like a real arthropod.

The official illustration of a chwidencha from the 3rd Edition D&D Fiend Folio:

Spiky Demon Pot WIP

My friend who commissioned the Big Spiky Pot last year asked for another one.  

Here is a more complete view.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

New Giraluna WIP

Finished Cyclopean Giraluna

Leo Lionni's surrealist botany textbook Parallel Botany was one of my earliest inspirations for creating clay objects.  I've made numerous giralunas, night-blooming flowers described by Lionni as the "most parallel of plants, most plantlike of the parallels."  This one is about 15 inches tall and is my first piece that won't fit on my shelf.  Here are the underlying slab pot and the finished giraluna with tendrils, petals, and molded eye.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Triangular Eyepot Tower WIP

This is a triangular slab/coil pot with 30 eyes.

Finished Triangular Eye Pot

I added some of the connecting pattern, but I don't think I'm done yet.

After one last edit:

This video is called "The Miracle of Birth":

Friday, April 5, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eye Tower Pot WIP

Behold the Eye Tower Pot as it spins slowly and magically in a circle while music plays.

Finished Ten-Eyed Pot

Tuesday, April 2, 2013