Faculty and Staff
Meghen M. Jones
Assist Professor Art History
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Harder Hall 285
Department: Art History  
Office Hours: Mon: by appointment
Tue: by appointment
Wed: by appointment
Thu: 10am-12pm
Fri: 2:15-3:15pm
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 focuses on the history of ceramics, modern art, and craft theory in Japan and in transnational perspective. Her current projects include a book manuscript on the ceramics of Tomimoto Kenkichi; co-editing the volume of essays, Ceramics and Modernity in Japan; and curating an exhibition of tea bowls in global perspective.

Faculty Service

Advisor, Art History Club

Alfred Research Grants for Undergraduate Studies Committee

Graduate Advisory Committee (2017-2018)

Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Awards Committee

NYSCC Research Committee

Portfolio Committee


Selected Publications

"Hamada Shoji, Kitaoji Rosanjin and the Reception of Japanese Pottery in the Early Cold War United States," Design and Culture 9:2 (July 2017)

"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 Foundation Research Fellowship, Visiting Researcher at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 1/2017-8/2017

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


"The Ontology and Icon Formation of the Tea Bowl," Nichibunken Evening Seminar, International Research Center for Japanese Stuides, Kyoto, June 8, 2017

"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: Introduction to Material Culture

ARTH 120: Encountering Japan: Art, Aesthetics, and Society

ARTH 126: Buddhist Arts of Asia

ARTH 300/500: Arts of Japan

ARTH 300/500: Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture

ARTH 300/500: East Asian Craft

ARTH 300/500: Ceramics in Japan and Beyond

ARTH 439/539: Ceramic Art, Craft and Design: Global Flows

Professional Memberships

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