What Is Your Passion?

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Whether you love creating your own comics, learning about volcanoes, playing the guitar or dancing to the radio, everybody is passionate about something!

Here at KANEKO, we like to share what other people are passionate about so you can learn something new. KANEKO is a place for you to explore, ask questions and think outside the box!

Put on your creative cap and see where you mind takes you.

Gotta Collect Them All!

Let's do a scavenger hunt!

We collected close-up photos of the art in our gallery spaces. Can you identify what these close-up are and where they come from?

Jun Kaneko's Passion

Artist Jun Kaneko sees things differently.

Listen to how Jun uses his passion to create amazing ceramic sculpture!

Nebraska Masterpieces: Arts Education Series - Jun Kaneko

Tell us about you!

We want to know what you are passionate about!

Tell us below and become part of our collection!

Artist Therman Statom uses glass to create sculpture.

Therman Statom collaborates with students to make glass head

Smithsonian Collection Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the behind the scenes collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Explore rooms of whale bones, jars of gorilla skulls and more!

Click the link below!

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Clay Science!

Classification of Clay:

  • The purest clays are the china clays and kaolins.
  • "Ball clay" is a name for a group of plastic, refractory (high-temperature) clays used with other clays to improve their plasticity and to increase their strength.
  • Bentonites are clays composed of very fine particles derived usually from volcanic ash.

Historic Uses:

  • From prehistoric times, clay has been used in architecture, industry, and in agriculture. As a building material, it is used in the form of brick, either sun-dried (adobe) or fired.
  • Clays are also of great industrial importance. It's used in tile for wall and floor coverings and in pipe for drainage and sewage.
  • Other uses are for clarifying water and wine, in purifying sewage, and in the paper, ceramics, plastics, and rubber industries.

Clay As Soil:

Clay is one of the three principal types of soil, the other two being sand and loam. A certain amount of clay is a desirable constituent of soil, since it binds other kinds of particles together and makes the whole retentive of water.

What Chemical Changes Happen When Clay is Fired?

What Chemical Changes Happen When Pottery Is Fired in a Kiln? : Making Pottery