Jun Kaneko (金子 潤 Kaneko Jun , born 1942) is a Japanese ceramic artist living in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States. In 1942 he was born in Nagoya, Japan, where he studied painting during his high school years. He came to the United States in 1963 to continue those studies at Chouinard Institute of Art when his focus was drawn to sculptural ceramics through his introduction to Fred Marer. He studied with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, and Jerry Rothman in California during the time now defined as the contemporary ceramics movement. The following decade, Kaneko taught at various U.S. art schools, including Scripps College, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design.
Jun established his third studio in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1990 where he primarily works. He has also created work in several experimental studios including European Ceramic Work Center, Otsuka Omi Ceramic Company, Fabric Workshop, Bullseye Glass and A.S.A.P. He created series of large-scale sculptures from 1982-1983 at his Omaha Project, from 1992-1994 at his Fremont Project in California and currently at his Mission Clay Project in Kansas. He produced a large ‘Dango’ series of ceramic pieces resembling vases without openings. (Dango means ‘dumpling’ or ‘closed form’ in Japanese.) His prolific roster of diverse work appears in numerous international solo and group exhibitions annually. He designed the sets and costumes for the Opera Omaha's spring 2006 performance of Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
His work is included in more than forty museum collections including the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Museum of Nebraska Art, Scripps College, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His most recent collected works is Water Plaza at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.  He has realized over twenty-five public art commissions around the world. He has been honored with national, state and organization fellowships and an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London.
Learn more about Jun Kaneko at his website, www.junkaneko.com
thumb|300px|right|Jun Kaneko is an internationally renowned sculptor who now works from his studio in Omaha. This Japanese-born artist is interviewed as he creates his trademark monolithic ceramic "dangos" (the Japanese word for "dumpling"), which can weigh as much as 1000 pounds. Kaneko discusses his artistic philosophy and creative process as we explore his collection. To view all the videos in the series, visit http://www.netnebraska.org/nextexit.
- Kaneko, Jun, “Jun Kaneko, selected works, 1989-2005, edited by Iwai Mieko”, Osaka, Japan, Kokuritsu Kokusai Bijutsukan, 2005.
- Peterson, Susan, “Jun Kaneko / Susan Peterson, foreword by Arthur C. Danto”, London, Laurence King, 2001.
- Colorbox 1-5. Glass. Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved on 2008-06-11.
- Jun Kaneko: apunts biogràfics.. Jun Kaneko va néixer el 1942 a Nagoya, Japó, on va estudiar pintura mentre estudiava a l'escola secundària. El 1963 va marxar cap als Estats Units per a continuar els seus estudis a l'Institut d'Art Chouinard....... pastafangs.blogspot.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-22.
- Exposiciones ( 13/10/2011 ).. La galería Duane Reed, en Saint Louis, Missouri (Estados Unidos) presenta, a partir del 21 de octubre, una exposición con la obra del japonés Jun Kaneko.. revistaceramica.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-22.
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