the Croatian Ceramic Association represents a non-profit NGO that gathers ceramic artists, Pottery craftsmen, Art experts, curators, Pottery lovers, institutions, associations and all other who are interested to participate in the promotion and development of ceramic Art.
The prescribed goals on the Association: to develop and upgrade the level of communication and collaboration among ceramic artists on a global international scene.
Dear Blazenka, I have received this message from Japan: Ryoji Matsumiya has a request for us as the past participants in the Goshogawara Woodfire Festival at Kanayama. Ryoji and the Kanayama staff are making 15,000 cups to donate to the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. These are made by Ryoji, Risako, Toru, Kudo and Junko. So far they have completed 6,000 (about 700 per day).
The Situation The earthquake and tsunami have created very serious damage in northern Japan with over 10,000 known deaths already. Many tens of thousands of Japanese families have lost everything and are homeless.
Ryoji's Request On May 1, Kanayama will host its annual spring festival and show. Ryoji would like to sell cups made by you, the international artists, and donate the money to the survivors. So he asked me to write to you. Any number of cups and tableware would be appreciated. Please send the cups and a personal message from you to the people to:
Ryoji Matsumiya 5-79 Chiyozuru Kanayama Goshogawara-shi Aomori-ken 037-0011 JAPAN
On the usual customs form, list the items as gifts and put a small value on them ($1 to 5 each). Ryoji will setup a special sales area for this donation from potters from around the world. Links with updates can be found here with updates in English too.
7th International Biannual of Ceramics presented by the City of Kapfenberg will be held in Kapfenberg from September 30th – November 6th 2011 and in Varazdin (Croatia) from December 6th -December 31st 2011 under Motto : „INSIDE OUT“ All entries have to reach the Cultural Center in Kapfenberg before June 15th 2011.