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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’m just frantically birthing as many clay monstrosities out into the world as I can until I’m no longer able to do so.



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mold-Making Workshop

I took a workshop on mold making and used a Cat Head object from 2012.

Filling in negative spaces and surrounding the object with clay:














The clay at the bottom is a drain for when the mold is used with clay slip (liquid clay).  The four round lumps of clay are "keys," where the top part of the mold will fit into the bottom.




Everything is wiped down with soap to keep it from sticking to the plaster.



The pottery plaster is poured on top.





After it dries, it is turned over.






Here I am preparing to make the other side of the mold.






I think I used the wrong type of soap or not enough of it because the plaster stuck to the bottom part of the mold and it was only with a great deal of pounding and cursing that I was able to extract and rescue the Cat Head.  The molds were destroyed in the process.