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Jun Kaneko

Japanese/American, b. 1942

Plate 90-9-34

5.25 x 27 x 22 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Residing in America since 1963, Jun Kaneko works in stoneware and creates wall-hanging platters, ceramic wall murals and, most importantly, small- and largeĀ­scale sculptures called "dangos." The uncompromising boldness of these stoneware objects is reflective of the activities of Pop artists working in the 1970s. At the same time, they invoke the design strengths of prehistoric potters who lived and worked in the American Southwest.

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, and currently 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.

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