March 13, 2011
In the midst of Japan’s tragic earthquake and tsunami, the rest of us must continue moving forward. My heart is heavy for all those who lost loved ones so I’m participating in several small ways to help those left behind.
I bought a couple raffle tickets to help a japanese potter & his village rebuild through Heath Ceramics in Sausalito. Only $10 and you might win the limited edition Commune Canister hand thrown at Heath Ceramics worth $500. You only have until Monday, March 14th, so hurry!
Here’s an easy way everyone can help. Send in the dogs! One click on the ‘like’ button & you’ve added $1 to the campaign without using your own $1. It’s a Facebook page called ‘Dog Bless You’. I hope you’ll ‘like’ it.
As I find more creative ways to help, I’ll post them on my Facebook page. Please check there when you have a chance to see if I’ve discovered anything else. My friend, Karen posted this list of projects already set up by the Red Cross, Medical Corps, Save the Children, and more that need funding for Japan.
As for my studio moving forward in the aftermath, I don’t think I’ve ever had a busier March! New venues and fresh work set up in my regular shops. This past week I dropped off new work for Hood River Jewelers. The display isn’t finished because it will be moved in front of the window in a few days (btw, the large blue, white & black platter isn’t mine but we left it in the display). If you’re in Hood River, please visit Chris, Julie and Theresa and let them know I sent you!
Each March I prepare for the Glass Craft and Bead Expo by packing & shipping about a dozen boxes. Filled with tools, examples, and supplies the majority of boxes are 16″ cube and weigh about 30 pounds. Yes, 30. It’s how I prepare for my gardening season!
Deciding what to take and what to leave is never easy for me. I want to expose students to as much as possible in our short time together! I think my Build a Better Pocket class is almost full.
There’s still plenty of room in my Beautiful Butterflies class. Maybe I can entice you to take it? If you couldn’t get into my Exploring Glass Powders class, I’ll cover many of the same principles in this class.
Play Date with Paste is filling, but it’s the first day of the Expo on Wednesday and many of you won’t arrive until Friday. Taking any of my classes or not, I hope you’ll stop in my classroom to say ‘hi’. Later in the afternoon is best because the students (my priority) will be well on their way by then.