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.

Friday, September 13, 2013

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: