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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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Is My Garden

I live in an apartment with a small patio with a garden of potted plants.  Each pot is attended by a clay guardian.  I wrote a garden post a few years ago:  Garden Sculptures and this is an update.

The Entire Garden

This sculpture was meant to be the head of an interpretation of the Bat-rat-spider monster from the classic sci-fi film Angry Red Planet.  I couldn't figure out how to get the long spider legs to support the head so I never got around to making the rest of it.  I don't know what plant this is.  They started growing in an empty pot and they don't look like anything I ever planted.

This is the smallest and least cat-like of my cat columns.  It lives in a thicket of thyme.

This is one of the Wise Man Objects made from a Nativity Scene I found by the dumpster last year.  It lives among the sunflowers.

This is the Bill the Cat/Tongue Cat Column.  It lives in the rosemary bush.

This is the first Warthog Column I made, which was damaged when a shelf collapsed.  It has lived among the immortal pineapple mint plant since I moved here.  Strangely, when I lived out in the desert, anything I left outside had a good chance of being stolen.  Since I've moved into the city, I haven't had anything stolen.  

This is a skull-spider object (and a few white clay skeleton molds) in the pot with the jalapeño plant.

This was a prototype for a cake topper for my sister's wedding.  It was meant to portray her and her husband on bicycles.  The prototype broke in half and never got glazed.  The final version also broke in half and turned out to be too heavy to function as a cake topper.

This is an atavistic sculpture of a creature resembling a bat or spider with many eyes.  The plant grew from seeds in my compost pile.  I think it's a cantaloupe plant.

I've encouraged some wild plants to grow in this pot and something has sprouted, but I'm not sure if it's one of the wild plants (desert broom or desert lavender) or just more sunflowers.  The clay guardian is a wiwaxia, a strange fossil organism from the Burgess Shale.

I think these are more sunflowers growing in this pot.  Also in this pot is a scene in which Mary and Joseph defend themselves against a menacing Flail Snail 


This was a rescue plant found by the side of the road.  I think it's a kind of fern.  It's managed to spread into some other pots as well.  The clay guardian is the Stone-Colored Maggot Atavism.

This lovely creature is called the Apple Pussy Monstrosity.  It's guarding an extra crop of basil, racing against time to see if it survives the horrifying two week period in which there's a danger of frost in Tucson.

This pot contains dill, cilantro, and few plants I don't recognize.  Its clay resident is the Tree Trunk Devotion 


This is a a small shrine consisting of a plaster nun, the Weeping Giraluna, a purple pot received as a gift, and the Joint of Mutton.

This is a larger shrine consisting of the damaged Ophanim Pot, a practice Chwidencha, a Germinant, the Giraffe Column, an Easter Bunny given to me as a gift, and my tribute to my deceased dog Chiqui.