Sunday, March 27, 2011

Good kitty.

Success!  The kiln gods were kind and the cat, tongue and paw all made it through the first firing intact!  To those of you who danced (you know who you are) thanks very much : )

I did come up with a backup plan though.  If the tongue pulled loose from the mouth I would have turned it into a fish.  maybe that should be on the next jar.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Another cat in the kiln

New cat in the kiln.  I did an extra powerful dance as the kiln clicked on tonite.  I'm afraid it may need all the good juju it can get!  For some reason when I made this cat I decided to attach the tongue to the paw.  Since clay shrinks as it fires there is a very real possibility that his tongue won't be stuck to his paw anymore or it will be but just not stuck to his mouth.  eww.   

There has been a little news from my family in Japan.  It's possible that they will be moving south for a while... getting as far away as possible from the power plant.  I am so grateful they are safe and together and sad that they may never be able to return to their home. Please continue to keep everyone in your heart.   

Monday, March 14, 2011

Relief and gratitude

Here is a heart-felt thank you to everyone who
has written with love, concern and hope for my family in Fukushima.
I am happy and relieved to tell you that they managed to get to 
Tokyo and are staying with other family members there.
They were indeed in the evacuation area, and though their home and business is
under threat from the power plants at least they are safely away.
Please continue to keep everyone in 
your heart and prayers.

The potter, Ayumi Horie, and her friends have organized an online ebay auction,
"Handmade For Japan"
This sale of ceramics and other media 
donated by artists around the world will begin Friday the 18th 
and support earthquake and tsunami survivors.  
100% of net proceeds will go to relief efforts in Japan.
You can go to Handmade for Japan on facebook (and ebay?)
to see the items.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Prayers for Japan

I'm finding it so difficult to concentrate on anything.  I have family in Japan.  Thanks to facebook I heard from my cousin in Tokyo friday.  
I know that the family at home in Fukushima prefecture is safe.  
But I don't know how close they are to the power plants, 
and I haven't heard any more news.

Sending prayers, love, hope and healing.