The International Ceramic Festival in Sasama (ICAF), Japan, has organised a cup charity project, ‘Yunomi (You know Me?)’, to raise money for the Soumayaki potters. Many of us have heard about the pottery from Mashiko and Kasama, but few of us know about Soumayaki pottery. This is produced in Fukushima prefecture, close to the damaged nuclear reactors. Many potters from this area have not only had their studios or kilns damaged, but have also had to evacuate their homes, not knowing if they will even be able to return.
ICAF is calling for artists to donate a yunomi (teacup) to raise money to support these potters in need. Donated cups will be on sale at the Koryu Center Kasama. Please join them as a way of showing your support and encouragement. For details on how to apply, please go to http://icaf.jp/charity_english.html