At this time last year I had just returned from a visit to Japan with a group of friends and colleagues. For me this was a life enriching experience and everywhere I went I was met with courtesy and kindness and I really wish to return and visit again some time in the future. In the Guild of Enamellers we were looking forward to our annual conference and we welcomed Toshihide Ueeda as a tutor together with Daisuke Minagawa. I have heard from Daisuke and from another contact in the Japan Enamel Artists Association to say that they and their families are safe. We have all been shocked by the scenes of devastation from the earthquake and tsunami. So many died and many are still lost and unaccounted for, may their souls rest in peace.
We can see that it will take much time and effort to begin a process of recovery and re-building. There are many people who lost everything. The Metal clay community are getting together to make a group contribution to the Shelterbox scheme. You can pay into this using paypal and emailing your contribution to Jackie@artclayworld.com
You can also donate direct using a debit or credit card http://www.shelterbox.org