From early childhood when I was first introduced to clay I immediately liked the tactile connection.
Pottery is like drawing in three dimensions — it's a malleable and pliable canvas for illustration in its leather-hard state and becomes hard and sturdy once fired and glazed. Through this transformation, its form becomes eternalized. Working with clay I feel my connection to the earth and nature which allows me to create forms that are both functional and beautiful – there are round forms that invite, square forms that challenge, heavy forms that intimidate, they incorporate a life and character of their own. From an unformed mass, suddenly a new shape appears, something organically original — a creation with its own spirit that serves not merely as decoration but can also seek entry into practical usage, something to be used and enjoyed everyday, not only on special occasions. Dishes and cups from which we eat and drink, vases that hold flowers and make us happy, large plates that hang on walls and draw attention. Handmade objects bring their unique personality, warmth and soul to our lives that factory made objects cannot.
Pottery is also an extension of the room's decor and interior design — it doesn't live in a vacuum. The created objects are meant to set the mood for the table, enhance and add character to the space in which they reside.
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 motives with geometric ornaments and abstract designs — flowers, bids, trees —I have a diverse range of influences. Nature plays a large role as inspiration in my pottery as well as historical Japanese ceramics and art, medieval manuscripts, Art Nouveau period art and folk art, with a touch of the pagan.
I work on a potter's wheel with stoneware clay. Delicate thin lines are applied using the mishima technique at the greenware stage and both underglaze and glaze decoration is added at the bisque stage. Each piece is then fired in an electric kiln in an oxidation atmosphere to cone 6.
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.