Asya started her studio, Gleena Studios, in 2005 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The organic shapes, soft, sugary colors and imagery are all inspired by her childhood summers spent at her grandma’s country house outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. “Surrounded by carefully tended gardens and apple trees, the country house was a gathering place for family and friends,” she says. And, evocative of those leisurely days, her work is meant to be used on a daily basis.
"To begin the process, we mix a batch of porcelain slip (liquid clay). This slip is my own formula which I have tinkered with over the years,” says Asya. It is a high fire porcelain, which means that pieces are extremely durable while remaining thin and light. All of her pieces are porcelain and are hand poured and crafted in small batches. To ensure a food-safe product she uses non-toxic minerals. And because she finish each edge by hand, every piece develops a unique personality as it moves through the firings. Bowls that come out of the same mold will shift slightly in the high fire to create unique, one of a kind shapes.