About the Artist
Ashley Paskov is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
She received her BA in ceramics from Central Connecticut State University in 2015. Since then, she has worked as a studio assistant and apprentice, while teaching lessons and maintaining her studio practice in Northampton, Ma. In 2018 she became the studio technician and university assistant at CCSU ceramics before continuing on to her M.F.A.
Using nature and progression as inspiration. Ashley's work focuses on considering the connection of growth and development between people and botanicals. Emphasized using unique surface design, biomorphic shapes, and decorative vessel forms.
In my work, I explore natural elements through decorative vessels. I find inspiration in form and surface design from cellular structures to budding seed pods, fixed stone lines, and moving river patterns. I am intrigued by the different stages of growth in the natural world and recurring repetitive patterns. Through functional and decorative vessels, I invite the viewer to revere in the seamless transitions of change in nature, by consdiering growth, rebirth, decay, death and transformation. The never-ending certainty of change that we as people so often resist in our own lives. I use the processes of organic life as a metaphor for these thoughts and feelings of the human condition.
Clay is my medium because of its malleability, its ability to be shaped and molded with ease. There is a flow when I work, a meditative quality through carving and forming. This mimic’s the transitions of the natural world, its ability to change shape and direction as needed. My work is a combination of my own goals to accept change and growth without resistance, and the need to represent this idea in the material world. By bringing these connotations into vessel form I reacquaint the viewer with our connection to the greater living environment, utilizing a historically relatable and man-made form. I connect these elements within my work by considering the fantastic yet tranquil stages in nature, using waxy finishes, deep natural tones, and repeating textures in macro botanical vessel forms.