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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.

Friday, August 30, 2013

New Series of Cthulhu Idol Statues WIP

View the finished Cthulhu Idols here.

This is a continuation of my new series of Cthulhu Idol statues.  I looked up several kinds of insect wings.  The wasp wings were very elegant, but I couldn't get the right shape without printing them out and tracing them, so I went with the dragonfly wings instead.

Paragons of Giraffeness

Finished Phantom Giraffe Sculpture

A few days ago I made an object with several giraffe heads.  They weren't exactly paragons of giraffeness, but you could tell what they were supposed to be.  I was surprised at how hard it was to make a recognizable giraffe head tonight.  This is a robed undead giraffe figure.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crude Effigies WIP

View the finished Cthulhu Idols here.

I sold one of my Cthulhu Idol statues on Etsy.  Interestingly, the cheaper, cruder ones are more popular, so started another series of crude effigies of Great Cthulhu.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Three-Headed Giraffe Tree Object WIP

Finished Giraffe-Tree-Hydra Sculpture

I sold my Trinary Devotion on Etsy last week.  I went to the pottery studio tonight intending on making another one.  I ended up with this thing instead.  Like the Trinary Devotion, it has three heads.  It's a tree with four tongue-like roots and three giraffe heads.  A recent trip to the dollar store yielded some plastic toy animals (giraffe, gazelle, rhinoceros) and I used the giraffe as a model for these heads.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Interpretation of the Ophanim WIP

View the remains of the finished Ophanim 1 Pot here.

Back in May, someone compared my Triangular Eye Pot to an image of the (an?) Ophanim, an order of angelic beings from Jewish mythology which translates as "Thrones."  They're referenced in the song "God Save the People" from Godspell:  "Not Thrones and Crowns but men."  (They're probably also referenced the Gospel of Matthew on which Godspell is very loosely based, but I'm a lot more comfortable with 70s musicals than the Bible.)  The image consisted of two overlapping circles covered with eyes and wings.  This pot is my interpretation of the Ophanim.

Viewed from above:

The lid:

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Eye Cluster

I've been working on coffee cups using my eye molds and ended up with a lot of extra eyes.  I hate to waste a good eye, so I've been grouping them into clusters.

Mouth Molds, Part 2

Wampa Objects

These are made from a mold of the face of a Wampa figure.  I used them as a guide during the construction of the Wampa Cup.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Eye Cup 5 WIP

View the finished Eye Cup #5 here.

This is the fifth and last in this experimental series of coffee mugs using eye molds.  Here it is from five different angles.

Impish Santa #2 and Tiny Eye Cup WIPs

View the finished Impish Santa Mugs here.
View the finished Tiny Eye Cups here.

I attempted an interpretation of the second impish Santa mug.  It came out grotesque and doesn't look anything like the original...

...but, it got me thinking about extra small eye cups.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Eye Cup 4 WIP

View the finished Eye Cup #4 here.

This is the fourth in a series of coffee cups with eyes.

This one has an eye on the inside as well.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Impish Santa #1 WIP

View the finished Impish Santa Mugs here.

Someone left some impish, slightly grotesque, miniature Santa Claus mugs at the pottery studio.  Even though Santa Claus deviates from my usual content, I felt compelled to make a copy, if only to see how grotesque it turned out.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hooded Entity WIP

View the finished Mr Unprounceable Objects here.

This is the third of the objects inspired by Mr Unpronounceable comics by Tim Molloy.  The original drawing has a hooded entity with long, tendril-like arms which reach from the loose folds of its robe to the floor.  Tendril-like appendages are likely to break, so I'm going to fire them separately and glue them in afterwards.

With tendrils:

Without tendrils:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Venus of the Far Realm WIP

View the finished Mr Unpronounceable Objects here.

This is the second of three items found on a shelf in a dream in the Mr. Unpronounceable comic by Tim Molloy. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blob of Bubbling Flesh With a Claw WIP

View the finished Mr Unpronounceable Objects here.

I've been reading Mr Unpronouceable Adventures, Tim Molloy's collection of comics about the psychedelic Lovecraftian adventures of a depraved occultist.  Three sculptural objects appear on a shelf in a dream sequence while a demonic toothless tooth fairy gums the title character's arm.  I thought the sculptural objects fit in well with the motifs of my work.  This is the first one, a blob of bubbling flesh with a claw.

Eye Cup 3 WIP

View the finished Eye Cup #3 here.

This is the third in a series of coffee cups with a pattern of molded eyes.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Large Normal Menorah

This is the last and the largest of my series of normal menorahs.  This one has a spiral pattern and a glossy blue glaze.  It's 14 inches long, 8 inches tall, and 1.5 inches thick.  So who wants a normal menorah?  Hanukkah is just around the corner and you don't want anyone to think you're not normal, right?

The spiral pattern comes from the head of this Bride of Frankenstein candle.  Hopefully this doesn't affect its normalcy.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Eye Cup 2 WIP

View the finished Eye Cup #2 here.

This is the second in the coffee-cups-with-eyes-on-them series.  This one doesn't have an eye at the bottom of the cup.

New Look for R. Crumb

Things to do with small clay eyes:

1)  A New Look for R. Crumb

2)  R. Crumb after opening his third eye chakra:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mouth Molds, Part 1

I thought my pots could use some mouths in addition to all these eyes.  I've been wondering what other recognizable body parts I could make as molds.

These are toothy, monstrous mouths:

This one is modeled on Patricia Quinn's lips in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It came out backwards and I couldn't figure how to make it look like the teeth were erotically biting the lips.  Also, there is too much space between the teeth and lips.  I've already made a second attempt at this one.

New Eye Molds

I've gotten great mileage out of the eye molds I've made over the past few years, but I wanted some molds for smaller eyes.  These are large images, but they're each less than an inch long.

More scrap objects for August:

Doll Devotion

This is a sculpture using a mold made from the face of a wooden sculpture found in a thrift store.  It also uses the arms/hands from the prefabricated doll molds.  It has a woman's face within a cobra's hood and four pairs of arms cupping four pairs of breasts.

Source object:

Chamsas 112 and 113

Chamsa 112

Chamsa 113

Eye Cup 1 WIP

View the finished Eye Cup #1 here.

Someone suggested making coffee cups using the eye pattern.


This is the extra eye that stares at you after you've finished your coffee.