Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Potters have a very special connection to Japan;
I came across this image (every potter's nightmare?) on a blog post by Euan Craig, an
Australian potter who makes pots in Japan.

(My teacher went to Japan as an American
soldier in the fifties, and returned to the U.S.
inspired to become a potter.)

Euan's recent posts are a moving portrait of one
potter's experience of the recent quake.

I had a small taste of this myself, having been
a pottery student in California, and having lost
quite a few pots in a not very serious quake.

We can all help potters in Japan rebuild,
and several of us have undertaken fund raising

Starting tomorrow, 3/24, HANDMADE FOR JAPAN will be selling the work of many fine potters
and other artists through an Ebay store.

HEARTS AND HANDS FOR JAPAN, a raffle of donated items from various artisans, organized
by letterpress artist Lynn Russell, is available now at

On April 8th, ARTS & CRAFTS UNITED FOR JAPAN, will open an auction on Ebay.

Japanese potter Makiko Hastings, who lives in England, is undertaking a project
entitled 1000 BIRDS FOR JAPAN. (

Finally, the POTTERS COUNCIL is accepting donations to aid potters in Japan; please visit