NICA Ceramic Art was born out of the Peace Corps experience of founder Paul H. Devoti in the indigenous pottery pueblo of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua. NICA Ceramic Art’s mission is to expose the world to the ceramic art work of the master artisans of the pueblo as well as the Nicoyan Indian heritage behind their craft.
Paul Henry Devoti’s Peace Corps Story
Where and when did you serve? What did you do?
Nicaragua – 1995-97 – Small Business Development
What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?
I originally bought a heavy bike at the local market….I went back and they had somehow received fancy high end mountain bikes from US…..I sold my original one and used that Mongoose mountain bike to ride about 100 miles a week visiting clients of the organization I collaborated with and really got to know the people and the area I was serving in.
What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?
Getting an insane amount of shots during training. Also loosing so many of our NICA 8 group before our termination of service.
What do you miss about Peace Corps?
Miss the freedom…..but still am integrated in the training village I went too in 1995 almost 24 years later.
What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?
That people are influence by propaganda but a personal experience with someone or something always as the opportunity to break through bias…
Do you have a favorite quote or local saying?
There are many….I made tee shirts with local saying after I ended my service but: Diacachimba is a Nicaraguan classic for – awesome.
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