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Ceramics Crafted in Industrial Kilns

Jun Kaneko's show of ceramics and drawings opened October 6th at the Sherry Leedy Gallery in the Crossroads. By Sylvia Maria Gross


Kansas City, MO – Omaha-based artist Jun Kaneko is known for his huge ceramic sculptures, up to 13 feet tall. Seven of them are in the plaza he recently designed for the expansion to Bartle Hall. When Kaneko started making these giant pieces some 20 years ago, he needed a kiln big enough to fire them. He found one at the Mission Clay sewer-pipe factory in Pittsburg, Kansas. That's where he was when Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Kaneko over the phone and asked him about his interest in industrial sites.

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