Potter Specific Relief Fund
First of all, THANK YOU Chip for setting up this special location for these efforts. And to the others here on Teachat who are also trying to help the people of Japan with this tragedy.
While the mainstream media continues to focus on the "hot button" radiation issue, it is very easy to forget that the earthquake and tsunami did horrific damage. This is tending to be overshadowed by the nuclear fears (which also have potential to be pretty horrible in their own right if things go any further in a bad direction).
An example of the situation for the potters from the eathrquake is that almost all of the large wood fired kilns in the pottery center town of Mashiko are badly damaged or destroyed. Nearby pottery town Kasama fared no better. As did Motegi, and other places. Here is a picture of the historical Hamada Shoji salt kiln that is located at the museum there in Mashiko:
Most other potter's big wood kilns there look much the same.
I know potters that were in the middle of firings when the earthquake happened; they lost not only the kilns, but all the work they contained. Sometimes this work is a half a year's materials and labor.
I got the ball rolling on a tax-decuctable relief fund targeted specifically for Japanese potters who have sustained losses to homes, studios, kilns and the like through the Potters Council of the American Ceramic Society. (I am on the Board of Directors.)
Here is the location of the fund:http://www.pubservice.com/Submiscrcpt.a ... PK=S103DON
Thank you in advance to any Teachatters who are able to contribute to this effort. NO donation is too small. Every penny (Yen) can help preserve the livelyhood of these artists and help continue the legacy of their skills to the world.