Asta Bubliene is a ceramic artist living in Kew Gardens, New York. She was born and raised in Lithuania where she received her MFA in Ceramic Arts from the Vilnius Academy of Art. Soon after graduating Asta came to the United States and settled in New York where she took a hiatus from clay and pursued studies in graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology earning a BFA in graphic design. After a 10-year hiatus from clay she started taking pottery classes and creating pottery again. She now works in the advertising design field and is an art director by day and a potter by night. My work has been formed by all the times spent during my childhood walking in the pine forests of Lithuania, gathering wild berries and mushrooms or gardening in my parents’ garden. This deeply felt connection to nature, combined with my experience of living in urban environments, translates into the pots I make. Working with clay I feel my connection to the earth and nature, which allows me to create forms that are both functional and beautiful, and incorporate a life and character of their own. I like to combine simplicity and opulence in my designs and for the design to follow and enrich the form of the object. I combine organic forms and motifs with geometric ornaments and abstract designs to reveal a juxtaposition of natural beauty to man-made environments. I leave a part of myself reflected in each pot I create and hope to share the warmth and joy of making them with those who use my pots. There is a diverse range of influences in my work. Nature plays a major role as inspiration in my pottery as well as historical Japanese ceramics and art, medieval manuscripts, the Art Nouveau period art and folk art, with a touch of the pagan. I work on a potter’s wheel with porcelain clay. Delicate thin lines are applied using a slip inlay technique at the greenware stage and both underglaze and glaze decoration is added at the bisque stage. I create two bodies of work, one fired in an electric kiln in an oxidation atmosphere to cone 6 and another fired to cone 10 in a reduction gas kiln.
- Paul Moore
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