It's hard to put the gravity of the situation in Japan into words. Otsuchi, which is the sister city of Fort Bragg (a nearby California town), was completely destroyed in the tsunami that followed the earthquake. Our campus and the nearby communities are raising money through the website Otsuchi.org. There are tons of craft and art-based benefits going on to benefit the relief effort, but I wanted to highlight Handmade for Japan, which was organized by potter Ayumi Horie (who organized the Obamaware benefit a couple of years ago).
The benefit, which takes the shape of a 4-day eBay auction, features heavy-hitters from the ceramics world including Betty Woodman, Jun Kaneko...and even a small iron-glazed vase from legendary Japanese potter Hamada Shoji (who passed away in 1978). There are also prints and drawings in the auction--including drawings from Nancy Blum and Lisa Congdon.
All profits from the sale will go to GlobalGiving's relief efforts in Japan. Hurry! The auctions will end on Sunday, March 27th at 8:00 pm EST.
LINK thanks Ayumi!