Founded in 2002 by Asya Palatova, “gleena” means “clay” in Russian. All gleena tableware pieces are porcelain and are handmade by Asya in her studio in Pawtucket, RI.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Asya spent her early childhood summers at her family dacha, a Russian country house. A gathering place for friends and family and surrounded by her grandmother's carefully tended gardens and apple trees, the dacha is a source of endless inspiration for Asya's organic shapes.
Asya began working with clay in 1992 while studying graphic design at University of Cincinnati. Ceramics was love at first touch, and after graduating, she continued to build sculptural vessels on her kitchen table. After many years in New York City practicing graphic design for such inspiring places as Pentagram and Martha Stewart Living, Asya decided to attend RISD, earning an MFA with a concentration in ceramics in 2004.
Influenced by her Russian upbringing in St. Petersburg and her graphic design experiences, Asya merges classical and modern to develop objects with a purity of form that compel people to touch and use them.