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Jun Kaneko

Biography to Display: 

1942Born Nagoya, Japan

1963Immigrated to the United States

EDUCATION

1964Painting, Chouinard Institute of Art and California Institute of Art, Los Angeles, California

1966University of California, Berkeley, California

1970-1971MFA Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1972-1973Faculty, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

1974Scripps College, Claremont, California

1973-1975Professor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1979-1986Head of Ceramics Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1964Independent study, Jerry Rothman's Studio, Paramount, California

1967Archie Bray Foundation Fellowship, Helena, Montana

1982Omaha Brickworks, Omaha, Nebraska

 

Jun Kaneko is known for his monumental ceramic sculptures in the form of heads with expressionless faces or boldly colored, ovoid, vertical, sculptural forms called dangos (dumplings in Japanese). These enormous forms are a testament to his skills in handling stoneware on a colossal scale. In addition to the heads and dangos Kaneko has created a number of tile murals, rectangular wall plaques, and large ovoid platter forms. He has also worked with glass, bronze, and fiber and has designed sets and costumes for opera. He is also an accomplished draftsman and painter.   

Kaneko came to the United States from Japan in 1942 at the age of twenty-one. The following year he enrolled at Chouinard Institute of Art where he studied with Ralph Bacerra and worked in the Los Angeles studio of Jerry Rothman. In 1964 he entered the University of California, Berkeley studying with Peter Voulkos and in 1970 Kaneko entered Claremont Graduate School where he studied with Paul Soldner.  

In 1982, Kaneko, then Head of the Ceramics Department, Cranbrook Academy, was invited for a special commission at the Omaha Brickworks and to take advantage of their thirty-five-foot diameter beehive kiln. Here he set out to make his first four dangos; oval-shaped, seven feet long and six feet high. The complex construction consisted of the domes and three thick quadrilateral slabs. The largest project completed on site, the dangos took six weeks to construct, three months to dry and over thirty-five days to fire. Kaneko painted the forms with brightly colored slips in decorative geometric patterns and stripes. When completed in 1983 these sculptures were placed at the Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri.

An interview with Jun Kaneko conducted May 23 and 24, 2005 by Mary McInnes, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available at:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-jun-kaneko-12628.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Aichi-Prefecture Museum of Ceramics, Nagoya, Japan

Arabia Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arizona

Banff Centre of Fine Arts, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada

Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

California State University, Sacramento, California

City Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

Cranbrook Academy Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan

de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

European Ceramic Work Center, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, Toronto, Canada

Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Icheon World Ceramic Center, Seoul, South Korea

Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan

Museum Het Kruithuis, s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Northern Arizona State University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

Olympic Museum of Ceramic Sculpture, Athens, Greece

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Shigaraki Ceramic Museum, Shigaraki, Japan

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

Toyota City Museum, Toyota, Japan

Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota

University of Iowa, Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

University of Wyoming Museum of Art, Laramie, Wyoming

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

Yamaguchi Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth, and Margie Hughto. A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton,1979.

Kaneko, Jun, and Susan Peterson. Jun Kaneko: Selected Works, 1989-2005. Gifu, Japan: Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, 2005.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the present. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1988.

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay. London, England: Calmann & King LTD, 2000.

Peterson, Susan and Jun Kaneko. Jun Kaneko. London, England: Laurence King, 2001.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Horwich LewAllen Gallery, Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

 

Typical Marks
1966
1980
1982
1991
2002
Vase
Date: 1965
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.577, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.577, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Platter
Date: 1965
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab molded
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.344, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.344, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Date: 1965
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.499, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.499, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Kaneko
Date: 1965
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.420, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.420, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: 1965
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.233, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.233, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Date: 1966
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.498, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.498, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bottle
Date: 1966
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1. 516, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1. 516, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Container
Date: 1967
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab molded
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.432, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.432, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Yellow and Blue Goblet
Date: 1968
Materials: Raku
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.320, Scripps College
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.320, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Mug
Date: 1968
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.398, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.398, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: 1968
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab molded
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 84.9.4, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 84.9.4, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: 1969
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.596, Scripps College
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.596, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plate
Date: 1970
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 86.1.5, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 86.1.5, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Red Basket
Date: 1971
Method: Slab molded
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.354, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.354, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plate
Date: 1971
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 84.9.5, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 84.9.5, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plate
Date: 1971
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 86.1.6, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 86.1.6, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Lidded Container
Date: 1973
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.488, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.488, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Goblet
Date: 1975
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Salt Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.523, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.523, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Oval Platter
Date: 1980
Form: Platter
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Drape Mold
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Untitled Platter
Date: 1982
Form: Platter
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Black and White Construction
Date: 1991
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Untitled Dango
Date: 2000
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Head
Date: 2002
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
Photo: TMP
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Cup
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.277, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.277, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Cup
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.278, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.278, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.397, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.397, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Cup
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.724, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.724, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Goblet with Handle
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Salt Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.114, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.114, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mug
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.348, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.348, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified January 17, 2020. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/kaneko