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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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Eye Cup With Wide Mouth WIP

Finished version of Eye Cup #24

This is Eye Cup #24, with a widely stretched molded mouth.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Zombi Jesus Love Cup WIP

Finished version of the Zombi Jesus Love Cup

In 2010, I made several objects like this one.  For some reason, the idea is very appealing to me.

It made sense to incorporate the design into a mug.  It should look better once the corn starch is burned off in the kiln.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cannabis Leaves

This is a series of nine clay Cannabis leaves with holes for hanging or for use as jewelry.

These four are colored with an underglaze with a transparent glaze on top.

These five are painted with metallic acrylic paints.

Cockroach Cup 3 and Aberrant Erisian Saint WIPs

Finished Version of Cockroach Cup #3

This is another cockroach cup.  This one has cockroaches both inside and out.

Finished version of Eris Idol #2

Tonight I also made the next in my series of Eris idols.  This one is based on a wooden saint statue.  It came out very aberrant indeed.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

31 New Tiny Chamsas

This is a collection of 31 new tiny (about one inch long) chamsas.  Most are glazed.  A few are painted with metallic acrylic paints.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Panic - Science - Serf

I had an idea to make these clay collages with words surrounded by meaningless images.  I made a list of words I wanted to include, but I only got as far as Panic, Science, and Serf.  I had thought it would be fun to make and paint them, but it wasn't fun.  I didn't feel they were even worth painting individually, so I dipped them in glaze.  I like the way they came out, but I'm not intending on pursuing this project any further.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Never-Ending Eye Cup WIP

Finished version of Eye Cup #23

This is another in the never-ending series of eye cups.  This one is similar to Eye Cup #1 because I've run out of ideas and I'm starting at the beginning again.

Cup With Eyes and Spikes WIP

Finished version of Eye Cup #22

Eye Cup #22.  Free pierced lip with purchase of mug.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pipes, Part 3

A continuation of relics from a box of old clay objects.  Just in time for 4/20.

7)  Plain Black Pipe

8)  Breathe Deep Pipe
Damaged while on sale at 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson

9)  Replacement for Breathe Deep Pipe
I like the original better.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pipes, Part 2

4)  Cat Head Pipe

5)  Heterochromia Caterpillar Pipe

6)  Green Worm Pipe

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pipes, Part 1

I had one box of ceramic objects that I hadn't opened since I moved here in 2010.  Among other things, there are nine pipes inside.  They were meant to be functional pipes for smoking some plant material.  They are functional but the hole through the pipe is wide in some of them.  You would need a large screen and you would probably still be inhaling a fair amount of particulate and perhaps larger-than-particulate matter.  Luckily, they also have some decorative appeal.  They look like caterpillars.  That's decorative, right?

1)  The Carrion Crawler

The left eye-stalk is broken unfortunately.

2)  The McDonalds Mop Creature:

3)  The "Blow Me" Pipe

Eye Cup 21 WIP

Finished version of Eye Cup #21

This is Eye Cup #21.  It has a large central eye and four pairs of teeth on each side.  The teeth are all upper central incisors.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

20th Eye Cup WIP

Finished version of Eye Cup #20

This is the 20th Eye Cup in the series.  It has three large eyes on the outside of the cup and one on the inside.

The Next Tardigrade WIP

Finished version of Tardigrade #9

This is Tardigrade #9.  I used a few different source images this time and it came out looking different.  I'm worried that it looks too much like the bear on the flag of California.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Driving Wands For Defense Against Aggressive Drivers

This was one of my earlier experiments with functional ceramics.  I made four of these objects called driving wands in 2008 or 2009.  The idea was to use them for defense against aggressive drivers.  They had grotesque faces and I hoped they would stun angry drivers with their confusing glares.  I never tried one because I was afraid it might make aggressive drivers more aggressive instead of leaving them in a confused stupor.

1.  Toothy Grin Driving Wand

2.   Floating Blue Driving Wand.  Floating blue glaze comes out brownish when applied lightly.

3.  Bulging Eyes Driving Wand.  This one's handle broke off in the kiln.

4.  Piggy Driving Wand.  I gave this one away and this is the only image I have of it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eye Cup #19 WIP

Finished version of Eye Cup #19

I'm attempting to produce as many as these cups as possible for my next firing.  The only reason I think they're worth posting as works in progress is because it gives me a date reference so I can decide when they're dry enough.

Eye Cup #19 has twelve eyes and a central mouth.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Princess Di's Arm

I recently participated in a mold-making and mold-pouring workshop.  This is the result.  The pottery studio received an incomplete set of commercially produced molds of body parts for a Princess Di doll.  The cat head mold I had made wasn't ready at the time, so I made a Princess Di arm. 

I painted it black and now it's living with the basil outside.

So far, my cat head mold has not produced any cat heads: