Jun Kaneko platter

I ate breakfast in Omaha this morning with family at a little dive called Dixie Quick’s. Behind my chair in the crowded little restaurant was a ceramic platter which, if I heard my uncle correctly, was crafted by sculptor Jun Kaneko:


I took the scrappy photo above with my cameraphone. My uncle said the platter, near the floor and in the back corner of this little eatery, is probably worth $25,000. Kaneko is known for what he calls his dangos (Japanese for “dumpling”). The following is one of his dango sculptures in the Gail Severn Gallery:


This work is 50″ tall. The Joslyn here in Omaha has one of his dango’s in their collection which I’ve seen in person. My uncle said Kaneko was virtually unknown until his wife basically took over as his marketing agent.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

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