Thinking of Japan: Influence, Exhibition & Auction

Here are my five yunomis made specially for AKAR Design’s Annual Yunomi Invitational. These are the first cups to have my new polka dot and striped color accents paired with my stamped and slip-trailed patterns ~ lots’o layers!

The nature of the show (200 potters sending five cups each) means the invite was extended last summer, and the cups were made in December and shipped in January so they could be photographed by AKAR to post online now. The coincidental timing of this exhibition’s opening —almost two weeks to the day since the tsunami disaster in Japan— for a show which celebrates a specific style of Japanese tea bowl used for daily, informal tea drinking is one of poignancy. That the surface decoration of my yunomis was influenced by Japanese Oribe style Mino ware is another layer of reflection for me as well as reminder of our connection to past and present for even those on the other side of the globe.

This online-only exhibition also supports The Studio Potter non-profit journal, and opens this Friday, 3/25 at 10 AM CST right here. This show almost sold out in less than 48 hours last year, so open your account with AKAR now and enjoy the beautiful celebration of yunomis!


Also opening this week is the amazing Handmade for Japan’s auction of artists’ donated works (pots, sculpture and more) to raise relief funds for victims of the catastrophes in Japan. Preview the auction items on Handmade for Japan’s facebook page here and calendar to buy outright or bid 3/24 at 8 PM EST through 3/27 8 PM EST on eBay right here. More info is available in my blog post below (previous) and on their FB page. Thank you for sharing the auction info and bidding.

UPDATE! See auction results and link to give directly
in the blog post below or go here.

4 thoughts on “Thinking of Japan: Influence, Exhibition & Auction

  1. I love the yunomi cups, they are very beautiful.
    Michelle, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  2. Thank you, Michelle! Wow, I wish I were actually related to you as I’d visit! I’m such a fan of Copenhagen. Spent several days there in 2003 before doing a residency at Guldagergaard. Best from a fellow Kieffer.

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