When did you choose ceramics?
I made my final decision in the last year of high school. I couldn't imagine what else I could do. Later, I pursued studies at the Vilnius Art Academy. I have been a ceramicist for two decades now.
What drew you to the craft?
Ceramics surprised me with its endless creative possibilities, its choice of materials, and the kind of mysticism it presents while watching the material change as it travels through all four elements: earth, air, fire, water.
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What inspires your work?
My inspiration is nature, more specifically, the world of plants. I enjoy analysing their shapes, deconstructing them and then incorporating that into my work. For example, my vases were inspired by pitchers and sunflowers after the bloom, when you can observe a wonderful circular pattern.
What do you like most about your profession?
I cherish the moment when I'm waiting for my creations to cool in the furnace. Ceramics is a field which consists of individual steps, each with their own specific cycles. The result of each cycle is not always visible beforehand, so it is impossible to foresee and plan.