Artist’s sale for earthquake aid

kna  Makiko Hastings with her ceramic birds.  110415M2.
kna Makiko Hastings with her ceramic birds. 110415M2.

A JAPANESE artist living in Knaresborough is raising money for the ongoing earthquake appeal through the sale of 1,000 handmade ceramic birds.

Makiko Hastings will be selling her artwork, including the last batch of 100 birds, at Knaresborough Easter Fayre tomorrow, Saturday.

“Soon after the earthquake, I donated to the Red Cross online,” she said.

“Hearing the aftermath from many of my family and friends over there, I felt the need to do something more.

“As you can imagine, Japan’s recovery will take a long time, it can be decades for people to get back their life.

“They need help more than ever.

“I believe every little helps and can make a difference, which led me to the idea of selling 1,000 handmade ceramic birds.”

Knaresborough Easter Fayre takes place at Knaresborough Market Place this weekend. Makiko’s stall will be open on Saturday between 9am and 4pm.

All proceeds from the stall will go to the earthquake appeal and there will also be a donation box.

She has already raised £2,600.

For more information about Makiko’s work, go to