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  • Jun Kaneko, Dango, 1989, stoneware, slip, and glaze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John and Earlene Taylor, 1997.125.2

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Jun Kaneko has created many clay sculptures that he calls "dangos," the Japanese word for dumpling. These can be up to eight feet in height and need to dry for several months before being fired in the kiln. Kaneko keeps the pieces in his studio while they age so he can decide on the color and pattern of the glaze. He is a painter as well as a ceramist and enjoys using the glazes like paint, overlapping and blending colors to create different effects. Here, the spiraling lines of black and white suggest the whorls of a fingerprint, evoking the artist's touch as he molded and painted the sculpture.

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". . . Even the dango shapes, whether skinny and tall or short and fat, look similar in shape but have completely different characteristics." The artist, quoted in "Arriving in a New World, An Interview with Jun Kaneko," The Studio Potter, December 2000
36 1/8 x 19 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. (91.9 x 48.8 x 35.8 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John and Earlene Taylor

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stoneware, slip, and glaze
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