Jun Kaneko, ceramics
Jun Kaneko is a Japanese ceramic artist living in Omaha, Neb. Born
in Nagoya, Japan, in 1942, he studied painting during his high school
years, and came to the United States in 1963 to continue those studies at Chouinard Institute of Art when his focus was drawn to sculptural ceramics. He studied with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner
and Jerry Rothman in California during the time now defined as the contemporary ceramics movement. Jun established his third studio in Omaha, Neb., in 1990 where he primarily works. He has also created
work in several experimental studios including the Fabric Workshop
in Philadelphia and Bullseye Glass in Portland, Ore.
John Eric Riis, fiber/tapestry
Jon Eric Riis, from Atlanta, Ga., is an internationally known
contemporary fiber artist who has exhibited his hand-woven tapestries throughout Europe and Asia. He attempts to push the tapestry genre, as he investigates issues of identity, life and the human condition. He also looks at the notions of beauty using myths and historic textiles as points of departure. In many of his tapestry works, he utilizes precious materials such as metallic and silk thread, often with added embellishments of
freshwater pearls, crystal and coral beads.
He is a member of the James Renwick Alliance.
Lino Tagliapietra, glass
Lino Tagliapietra’s career, from a childhood working in glass factories
in Murano, Italy, through maturation as a designer and craftsman
for industry to full fruition as an independent artist is unusual under any circumstances. Almost 30 years after his first visit to America, to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School, his glass blowing skills triumph most efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere. While rooted in the thousand year old story and traditions of the Venetian lagoon, the inventiveness of his work keeps its relevant to the contemporary aesthetics. His art in glass stands within the greatest ranks of the decorative arts, an honored discipline of unabashed beauty and the
most exquisite handwork.
Gary Knox Bennett, wood
Garry Knox Bennett is a furniture maker who works in Oakland,
Calif., where he attended the California College of Arts and
Crafts and where he learned to paint and sculpt. In the 1960s, he
used the skills he learned to found a metal plating business,
specializing in handmade jewelry. In the1970s he began making
clocks which expanded into furniture design. He is most well known
for his chairs and use of conventional woods and unusual materials such as plywood, aluminum, steel and plastics. His retrospective exhibition was at American University’s Katzen Center two years ago. He conducted a workshop for JRA
members, making a lamp from kitchen utensils, which
was donated and auctioned at the gala in April last year.
Linda MacNeil, metal/ jewelry
Linda MacNeil’s vision is singular, bypassing many influences that
appear to dominate 20th century studio jewelry. Her work is extremely
beautiful, concentrating on form and color. There is a continuous
commitment to elegance and decoration as her necklaces
become socially involved through her aesthetic language. MacNeil’s
preferred materials are not inherently precious, but become precious
as the rondelles of glass and carved elements are set like elaborate
stones in the metal.—Helen W. Drutt English, essay “Linda’s Web”
from United in Beauty: The Jewelry and Collectors of Linda MacNeil.