Kaneko has been hailed as one of the leading ceramics sculptors of the 20th century. He left Japan and attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California in 1964. Paul Soldner and Peter Voulkos are among the prominent ceramic artists whom Kaneko studied under at various institutions throughout the United States. Works by this artist can be found in numerous museums throughout the United States and Japan. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Crafts Museum in New York and museum collections in his native Japan are just a few of the places where Kaneko?s work has been exhibited. This oval platter with its distinctive markings in shades of red, blue, yellow, and pale pink is among many platters Kaneko has made in this shape. Some of his works made in an elliptical shape are made quite large and are often exhibited in groupings. He applies a variety of dots, lines and other markings to these enormous works of art. His unique style is easily recognized because of his distinctive and colorful markings applied to the surfaces of his works.