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Ceramic Art Exhibit in Naha features Californian's works

Date Posted: 2007-08-16

Nicholas Centala has been studying Okinawan and Japanese ceramic techniques since visiting here in 1993, and is now putting his eclectic works on display.

His non-traditional ceramic objects made using traditional wood kiln techniques are on display through Monday at Ryubo Department Store on the south end of Kokusai Street in downtown Naha City. The exhibit runs 1 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Centala, a California native, first became interested in Okinawa ceramic culture in 1993, studying here for a year before returning to America. His studies brought him back to Tokyo, where he studied Asian Art History at Waseda University. He later began an apprenticeship in traditional Japanese style wood burn kilns in Kumamoto. He moved on to Kagoshima for additional wood burning kiln technique training before finally returning to Okinawa a year ago.

It has been my goal all along to get back to Okinawa, he says, and doing what Im doing is really one dream come true.

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