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Angela Okajima became Angela Okajima-Kempinas after marrying husband (and fantastic artist), Zilvinas Kempinas.  

Wanting to maintain a cultural identifier in my name, I opted to take on a ridiculously long hyphenated surname, and started initializing works with the happy string of initials, AOK.

After taking a hiatus from studio work to raise two sons, (and realize that children and clay are uncannily similar - both are intensely time sensitive, require focused commitment, attention, and care, are moldable but only to a certain extent), I currently work in my studio in Long Island City, Queens, NY.

I have a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia College, Columbia University, a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York.  I was born and raised in NY in a Japanese household but having never experienced life in Japan, I was able to spend one year in Kyushu, Japan on a Fulbright.

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