Faculty and Staff
Meghen M. Jones
Assist Professor Art History
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Harder Hall 285
Department: Art History  
Phone: 607.871.2442  
Personal Webpage: https://alfred.academia.edu/MeghenJo...  
Meghen M. Jones
PhD: History of Art & Architecture
Boston University

MA: Industrial, Interior, and Craft Design
Musashino Art University

BA: Japanese Studies; Fine Arts
Earlham College

Current Research
Meghen Jones's research focus is the history of ceramics, modern craft, and art in transnational perspective. Her current projects include a book manuscript on the ceramics of Tomimoto Kenkichi as well publication of essays developed from the 2014 Sainsbury Institute workshop she organized, Ceramics, Art and Cultural Production in Modern Japan.

Selected Publications
"An Orthodoxy of Praxis: Janet Leach and the Ethos of Tamba Ceramics," in Ezra Shales, ed., O Pioneers! Women Ceramic Artists, 1925-1960, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, 2015

"Tomimoto Kenkichi to futari no kenzan tono kakawari ni tsuite" [The Relationship between Tomimoto Kenkichi and the Two Kenzans]. Toyo toji gakkai kaiho [Report of the Oriental Ceramics Society] 70 (February 25, 2010)

"Amerika ni okeru nihon kindai togei no gainen keisei - Hamada to Rosanjin no yuisei" [The Dominance of Hamada and Rosanjin in American Perceptions of Modern Japanese Ceramics]. Gendai no me (Newsletter of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo) 575 (April-May 2009)

"Mit dem Auge des Ego den Tom im Visier: Japanische Keramik des 20.Jahrhunderts und das Individuum" [The Eye of the Ego Looks to Clay: Twentieth-century Japanese Ceramics and the Individual,] in Stephan von der Schulenburg, ed., Faszination Keramik: Moderne japanische Meisterwerke in Ton aus der Sammlung Gisela Freudenberg [The Fascination of Ceramics: Masterpieces of Modern Japanese Pottery from the Gisela Freudenberg Collection], Frankfurt: Museum für Angewandte Kunst, 2005 (in German and English)

Contributor to articles on Asian art in Ann Landi, ed., Schirmer Encyclopedia of Art, New York: Schirmer’s, 2001

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies Research Grant, summer 2016

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, 2013-14

Fulbright IIE Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant for research at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2009-2010

Conference Papers
"The Politics of Japanese Ceramics in Cold War America: Displaying and Performing Pre-Modern Culture," From "Soft" to "Hard" Power? Changing Visions of Diplomacy by Design, 1945 Onwards Symposium, University of Brighton, UK, November 27, 2015

"Tomimoto Kenkichi, Living National Treasure of 1950s Japan," Midwest Japan Seminar, Niagra University, April 25, 2015

"Ushering in a ‘Fresh Spirit’ to the Kokuten and Teiten: Tomimoto Kenkichi’s Ceramics and the Discourse of Bijutsu Toki," The Appreciation, Theory, and Practice of Art Ceramics in Modern Japan, Association for Asian Studies Conference, Chicago, March 28, 2015

Organizer, "Ceramics, Art and Cultural Production in Modern Japan" workshop and presenter, "The Nude, the Vessel, and the Empire," Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich UK, May 23, 2014

"The ‘Total Work of Craft’ in 1910s Japan," The Gesamtkunstwerk: A Concept for All Times and Places, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, March 13, 2014

"Creating a Potter's Paradise: Ceramics and Cultural Production in Modern Japan," Depauw University, Nov. 1, 2015

"Truth and Splendour: The Modern Porcelain of Tomimoto Kenkichi," Third Thursday Lecture, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, May 15, 2014

"Ceramics and Cultural Production in 1950s Japan," World Art Research Seminar, University of East Anglia, March 26, 2014

"When Craft Became Art: Tomimoto Kenkichi and the Discourse of the Self in Early Twentieth Century Japan," Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, Feb. 3, 2014

"Tomimoto Kenkichi’s Porcelain and the Body Politic in Japan, 1920s-1950s," Japan Research Seminar Lecture, SOAS, University of London, Oct. 30, 2013

Classes Taught
ARTH 120: Buddhist Arts of Asia
ARTH 120: Introduction to Material Culture
ARTH 120: Encountering Japan: Art, Aesthetics, and Society
ARTH 300: Arts of Japan
ARTH 300: Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture
ARTH 300: East Asian Craft
ARTH 300: Ceramics in Japan and Beyond
ARTH 400/500: Ceramic Art, Craft and Design: Global Flows

Professional Memberships
Association for Asian Studies
College Art Association
Japan Art History Forum (Treasurer)

Faculty Service
Advisor, Art History Club
Alfred Research Grants for Undergraduate Studies Committee
Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Awards Committee
NYSCC Research Committee
Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee