Where before I had thought mostly about making an interesting structure, now my thought process is focused on something happening in between: what I do to the materials, or how I put forms together. Making art is the chain reaction of intuitive sparks and decision making within myself. Intuitive energy comes from understanding of self, and spontaneous reaction to the visual and nonvisual moment.— Jun Kaneko from “Decision Making” published in A Ceramics Monthly Portfolio

1942 born in Nagoya, Japan

1971 Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA, studied under Paul Soldner
1966 University of California, Berkeley, CA, studied under Peter Voulkos
1964 Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA, & California Institute of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Studied ceramics at Jerry Rothman’s studio, Paramount, CA

1979–86 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1973–75 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1974 Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1972–73 University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

2000 Founder, KANEKO: Open Space for Your Mind, Omaha, NE
1985 Co-Founder, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2011 Master of the Media, James Renwick Alliance, Washington, DC
2010 Artist Advisory Board, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Honorary Doctorate, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
2006 Honorary Doctorate, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NR
2005 Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art, London, England
1996 Fellow of the American Craft Council
1994 Honorary Member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
1994 Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship
1985 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1979 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1967 Archie Bray Foundation Fellowship