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Aberrant Ceramics is the clay art of Aaron Nosheny.

I make hand-built pottery, primitive ceramic sculpture, ornaments, and menorahs.

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


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Red Eye Pot

This is a tall slab pot with 29 molded eyes of various colors and 29 black spikes. It's 10.5 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter.

  




Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ophanim Pot #2 WIP

Finished Ophanim Pot #2

This is my second attempt at the Ophanim Pot. The main difference between this one and the first one is that the first one was constructed as two overlapping circles and this one is constructed as a lemniscate (infinity symbol: ∞).

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Outsider Art

I submitted four of my pieces to jurying by SACA, the local clay artist organization.  If I had been accepted, it would have meant that I could include my work in their shows.  My work was not accepted and the comments stated that the judges thought my work needed better construction and finishing.  I'm disappointed because this would have been another outlet to sell my art, but this is not new information to me, that my work looks rough and unfinished.  I am always striving to improve my work, but the rawness of it is not something that I'm planning on changing.  It's not something that I feel that I'm capable of changing.

I think of my art work as outsider art, meaning art created outside the boundaries of traditional  culture.  The term is broadly applied to untrained artists working outside the mainstream "art world" and more specifically applied to art made by people who are themselves living on the societal fringe, such as the mentally ill and the socially isolated.  In my opinion I qualify for inclusion under this concept of outsider art even if I did submit work for jurying in an "art world" organization, but I think that's as much information as I'm comfortable divulging here.


Friday, September 20, 2013

The Remains of Ophanim Pot 1

Unfortunately, some anomaly of heat convection caused the glazes in this kiln to run and this piece was badly damaged.  It's two intertwined slab pots with a pattern of eyes and wings resembling the mythic angelic beings known as Thrones or Ophanim.

The lid was placed on a higher shelf and was the only part that didn't run.


The glaze ran down the side of the pot and stuck to the kiln shelf, so that when I tried to remove it, one chunk of the pot remained stuck to the shelf.






Eye Cup #1


This is #1 in a series of five coffee cups with patterns of molded eyes.  The glazes ran on many of the pots in this kiln.  I don't know if this was an error on the part of the person who loaded the kiln or some anomaly of heat convection.  This cup was mildly affected.  Another one of my pieces, the Ophanim Pot, was destroyed by the phenomenon.





In 2000, I visited the Insectarium, an insect museum in Philadelphia.  I bought a mug in the gift shop that had a crudely painted cockroach at the bottom of the cup, so as you finish your coffee, it becomes apparent that it has been steeped in roach.  I've shown it to several people (and never used it as the cruel practical joke it was meant to be) and all seemed horrified.  This eye cup has an eye at the bottom, hopefully a few orders of magnitude less horrifying than a ceramic lump painted brown.



This is the cockroach mug:


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tiny Eye Cups, Part 1

These are the smallest version of the eye pot.  They were inspired by some tiny Santa Claus mugs that someone left at the pottery studio.  Only one of them actually has eyes on it.




Friday, September 13, 2013

Eye Cup #5

This is number five in a series of five coffee cups with a pattern of eyes.  It has 6 molded eyes and a mold of a fang-filled mouth which I recently made.  The handle is made from a slab of clay, as is the whole pot.  It's glazed with a reddish glaze called Plum.























Eye Cup #3

This number 3 in a series of five coffee cups with patterns of molded eyes, and among the first to be glazed.  It has five eyes traced with a pattern of carved curves.  The eyes are colored with cobalt oxide (or cobalt carbonate, I'm not sure which).  It could theoretically be used as a coffee cup, although it's a little heavy.





Niu Briten Pot

This is an interpretation of an illustration of an owl mask of the Baining tribe of the largest island in the Bismark archipelago known as New Britain or Niu Briten, which was colonized by the Germans and British before becoming part of Papua New Guinea.  The head is wonderfully distorted and I tried to capture this in the pot, but don't think I quite succeeded.




The illustration from Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber.  It is identified as an owl mask made of cane and bark cloth.


Bust of Ogrémoch

This is an interpretation of Ogrémoch, the Prince of Evil Earth Creatures from the AD&D Fiend Folio, one of my favorite sources for ideas. The Fiend Folio is a compilation of monster submissions to a British gaming magazine White Dwarf, credited to Lewis Pulcifer.

It originally had a lower body, but it collapsed.

I have always had an interest/obsession with diacritical marks.  This is the first time I've admitted that publicly.  I'm intrigued by the acute accent on the e in Ogrémach.  Is it like an umlaut in the name of a heavy metal band (e.g.  Deathtöngue) intended to create an aura of badassery?  I think it's more likely a reminder to pronounce the e and not to treat it as a silent letter as in the word ogre.




There is an opening on the back so that a (very small) candle could be placed inside.  I'm intending to use it as a jack-o-lantern at Halloween.


The door to the opening looks like a nipple, doesn't it?







Ogrémoch as illustrated in the Fiend Folio:


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rocky Horror Lips Mouth Mold #1

As a part of my project to create mouth molds for use as decoration on pots, I've been trying to reproduce the image of Patricia Quinn's iconic lips from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  In the image I was using as a source, the teeth are biting the upper lip and I'm finding that hard to reproduce in the mold.  Also, the reddish glaze ("Plum") came out a little too opaque and obscured the details of the lips, and the glaze ran into the off-white glaze ("Queens") of the teeth.


Eye Post

Not only can spare eyes be arranged in a circle, they can also be affixed to sign posts.


September Bisque Firing

This week I fired my accumulated work from July and August.  I'm looking forward to a few solid weeks of glazing.