Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942 and went to the USA in He began studying ceramic art at the Chouinard Institute of Art in California where his focus became Voulkos in Los Angeles and also PSoldner and Jerry Rothman.
Born and raised in Japan, Jun Kaneko moved to the United States to study ceramics. Not able to speak the language, he was forced to focus purely on the visual. His painting background is evident in his work, where his monolithic ceramic “dangos” (Japanese word for dumpling) become 3D, inflated canvases. Working primarily with graphic, yet painterly, lines , his rhythmic designs are analogous with the Japanese Shinto concept of the “Ma”, which means “attachment through space”.
Ceramic sculptor Jun Kaneko puts some muscle into moving one of his monumental Dango clay sculptures. Dango means “dumpling” or “closed form” in Japanese. Jun Kaneko moving one of his Dango sculptures on a cart, 1986