Handmade for Japan

Many of us are concerned about Japan.  Some fantastic artists I know are launching an online auction of artwork to raise funds for relief efforts. Here is the press release on Handmade for Japan. The online auction begins March 24 (tonight) on eBay Giving Works. All the details are below. If this is something that seems of interest to you, I hope you can participate.



Press Release

GlobalGiving's relief efforts in Japan.


Within a week, Handmade for Japan's efforts resonated throughout the artistic communities in the U.S. and abroad. Prominent artists such as Hamada Shoji, Kaneko Jun, Betty Woodman, Matsuzaki Ken, Isezaki Koichiro, Morigami Jin, Nancy Blum, Lisa Congdon, and Jeffry Mitchell are represented. The following galleries have generously donated work, among them: Dai Ichi Arts Ltd., TAI Gallery, Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., and Lacoste Gallery. More than 4,000 members follow Handmade for Japan's Facebook page and The New York Times online magazine covered its efforts in a blog post on March 17th.


Handmade for Japan was born out of concern for the people of Japan immediately following the disaster by Ayumi Horie, a Japanese-American ceramic artist. She was soon joined in her efforts by Ai Kanazawa Cheung and Kathryn Pombriant Manzella. All three members of the HFJ team maintain deep ties to the country.

About eBay Giving Works

eBay Giving Works, powered by MissionFish, is a trusted and effective program for nonprofit fundraising, helping people support their favorite causes easily and conveniently on eBay. Sellers can donate part, or all of their sales to participating nonprofits, buyers can donate while shopping and nonprofits can turn in-kind donations into unrestricted funding. By the end of 2010, the eBay community had raised nearly $230 million for U.S. and U.K. charities since the inception of the program in 2003.

Contact information:

Kathryn Manzella, Ai Kanazawa/Handmade for Japan





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