Handmade For Japan Auction March 24-27, 2011

The dates for the Handmade For Japan eBay auction have been set for next Thursday, March 24th, 8pm- Sunday, March 27th, 8 pm and will take place on eBay. Ai, Kathryn and I have been working non-stop for the past  six days fielding emails, inviting artists and galleries, and getting press releases out to the media. Yesterday, we were thrilled to have an article in the New York Times! Our Facebook likes are up past 3,000 and hopefully will keep growing so that we have plenty of bidders to raise plenty of money for Global Giving’s Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Watching the news has been so emotional with so much family in Japan, including my parents, and so working on this helps focus my energy. I want to send out a special thanks out to my partner, Robin, and to Tai and Vic, my co-organizers spouses for all their support and hard work at keeping the rest of our lives going.

The two porcelain plates above are part of a five plate set in the auction and feature gold and silver luster decals that Bob Washburn at Graphic Synthesis in CT who bent over backwards to make these for me in my time frame. I’ll also have a pair of rabbit cups and a bat yunomi. So far I’m grateful and excited that we have 72 incredible artists participating, including some major artists such as Betty Woodman, Jun Kaneko, Toshiko Takaezu, Lisa Congdon, Akio Takamori, Takashi Hinoda, Nancy Blum, Jeffry Mitchell and Warren McKenzie. You can preview the work on our public Facebook page, because the eBay page won’t have work visible until it goes live on the 24th.


    • Hi Gabrielle,
      You can definitely access the Facebook page where the Preview is being held. The eBay page has no items listed now, but when the auction goes live on March 24th at 8pm EST, they’ll pop up. Keep refreshing the page when the auction opens. Thanks for your support!

  • What a great idea? Would you be open to participation from a pottery company? I work for Hadley Pottery (www.hadleypottery.com) and although we are a company, not an individual, every one of our pieces is made by hand in Louisville, KY. If you are interested in perhaps a donation of pieces for your auction, let me know and I imagine we can work something out. I applaud your effort on behalf of all of those who are suffering.

    • Thank you so much for your offer! In the past week, we’ve been inundated with hundreds of offers to donate work and are now maxed out. With the three of us and a handful of volunteers working around the clock, we are now working to publicize the auction and upload and organize information for 80 or so artists. We need all the help we can get to spread the word. Please help us do that and thank you again.

  • Ayumi et al,

    You should be so proud of what you’re doing. It’s really super.

    My one additional thought to any and all who bid on the works is LET’S NOT FORGET HAITI!

    Over 300,000 people died and over 1,000,000 were left homeless in that earthquake right here in our own back yard. Sending $5 to a relief agency like Partners in Health can make a huge impact.


    I don’t mean to take anything away from the people of Japan or your great efforts, but there is plenty of need to go around, unfortunately.

    • Thanks Forrest. You’re right that there are so many worthy causes out there that need help. Ai, Kathryn and I all have deep ties to Japan and family and friends there right now, so we’re particularly moved and galvanized into action by what’s happened to the country of Japan and her people.

  • Congratulations on a fantastic idea you had and what you are doing is even more special given the short time you’ve got to get organized.
    My name is Stefano and I put in my blog http://www.ceramicanews.it the news of the auction you do on ebay.
    If you keep me updated, I will publish more material on my blog.
    I hope to be interview to you sooner or later.
    Good luck
    Stefano Dal Ceredo

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