Jun Kaneko was trained first as a painter in his native Japan. However, in 1963 at the age of 21, he moved to California and began to study ceramics at the Chouinard Art Institute with Ralph Bacerra. He went on to study at the California Institute of Art, Los Angeles, at the University of California at Berkeley under Peter Voulkos, and ultimately at the Claremont Graduate School under Paul Soldner, where he received his M.F.A. in ceramics. Jun eventually ended up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he taught at the Cranbrook Academy from 1978-86. Jun Kaneko is a tremendously innovative artist, juxtaposing color, pattern, scale, material, and surface pattern and ending up with work that is extraordinary and personal. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and honors including two National Endowment for the Arts awards, and is widely exhibited and collected internationally.