As a student, Jun Kaneko had the opportunity to study with premier California ceramists Peter Voulkos and Jerry Rothman, both of whom are represented in the museum’s collections. Under the tutelage of Paul Soldner at California’s Claremont Graduate School, Kaneko earned his master of fine arts degree. He has held teaching positions at Scripps College in Claremont, California, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Currently he maintains an expansive workshop and studio in Omaha, Nebraska. Represented worldwide, his works can be found in the Shigaraki Museum, Japan; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Detroit Institute of Art. Public commissions by Kaneko are located at the Phoenix Airport and the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.