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.

Handmade for Japan


Pictured, donated work by: Beth Lo, Diana Fayt, Hiroe Hanazono, Michael Connelly, Akio Takamori, Matt Kelleher, Shoko Teruyama, Julie Crosby and Kensuke Yamada.

UPDATE! Through the seriously hard work by the three organizers and bidding generosity by many, Handmade for Japan raised over $75,000 in three days from the eBay auction! Direct donations can still be made here. Congratulations and thank you to all!

Potters and fellow artists are rallying to raise money to assist victims of Japan’s catastrophic events of last week, and ongoing problems and efforts in recovery. Please help this cause by spreading the word & bidding on the amazing work donated by more than fifty artists. The eBay auction begins at 8 pm EST, Thursday March 24th and continues through 8 pm EST, Sunday March 27th right HERE.

They have been overwhelmed with donation offers, and now only need help spreading the word and having lots of bidders for all the great donated work. Become a fan of their Facebook page HERE and follow them on Twitter HERE to keep up on the details and news. Previews of the auction items will be available in English and Japanese through their Facebook page and Twitter updates.

Handmade For Japan’s mission is to raise money (hoping for 25K) through an online auction for relief efforts to assist the victims of Japan’s catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear emissions.

Handmade for Japan is an online auction of unique, handmade art donated by concerned, invited artists and organized by (only!) three concerned artists, including Ayumi Horie, the project’s instigator. One hundred percent of all net proceeds collected via the auction will be donated to Global Giving’s Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Relief Fund.

This little house vase/flower brick is my contribution for the auction. Please show up on eBay this Th-Sun and bid on great work by caring artists to help needing people.