It's On: An Auction to Fund Japanese Relief

It's On: An Auction to Fund Japanese Relief

Published on Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Tim Rowan

New York ceramist and Japanese American Ayumi Horie, along with Ai Kanazawa and Kathryn Pombriant Manzella, is set to launch Handmade for Japan, an art auction on eBay tonight, with all proceeds going to support relief efforts in Japan, where a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck two weeks ago. The three have been offered donations from a growing list of accomplished ceramists, including Betty Woodman, Jun Kaneko, Christa Assad, Justin Rothshank, Kathy Erteman, and Diana Fayt. Dozens of other artists, such as textile designer Kaoru Oka and illustrator Lisa Congdon, have signed on.

Many galleries have also donated work, including Dai Ichi Arts Ltd., TAI Gallery, Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., and Lacoste Gallery. More than 4,000 members are following HFJ's Facebook page and The New York Times online magazine has previewed the event, too.

The online auction goes live tonight (March 24) at 8 p.m. EST, continuing through Sunday. The goal is to raise at least $25,000 for Global Giving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. We hope you'll take part. Read more about the impressive effort here.