Meghen Jones

Assist Professor Art History
Art History
School of Art & Design
Harder Hall, Room 285
Mon: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Tue: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Wed-Fri: By Appointment
Meghen Jones


  • PhD: History of Art & Architecture Boston University
  • MA: Industrial, Interior, and Craft Design Musashino Art University
  • BA: Japanese Studies; Fine Arts Earlham College
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Courses 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 300/500 History of Ceramics Late 19th Century to the Present
  • ARTH 439/539 Ceramic Art, Craft and Design: Global Flows

Research, Publications, & Presentations


  • "Encountering Tea Bowls in Kyoto," Japan Foundation, Kyoto, June 20, 2017
  • "The Ontology and Icon Formation of the Tea Bowl," Nichibunken Evening Seminar, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 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

Research & Publications

  • Meghen Jones's research focuses on the history of ceramics, modern art, and craft theory in Japan and in international 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 as global icons.
  • "Hamada Shoji, Kitaoji Rosanjin and the Reception of Japanese Pottery in the Early Cold War United States," Design and Culture 9:2 (July 2017)
  • Translations of Kawai Kanjiro, “Work,” “Vigilance,” and selections from Windows of Life, in Kawai Kanjiro: kako ga saite iru ima, mirai no tsubomi de ippaina ima botsugo 50 nen, ed. Sagi Tamei (Mainichi Press, 2016)
  • Translations of Hattori Fumitaka, “Seto Ware,” Nakamura Taichi, “Kutani Ware,” Oguri Yasuhiro, “Tokoname Ware” and Yokobori Satoshi, “Mashiko Ware” articles for “Made in Japan” site, Google Cultural Institute (2016)
  • "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
  • "Reflections on the Current Status of Japanese Art History Studies in American Higher Education," International Conference on Japanese Cultural Studies Outside of Japan– its Current Status and Future Perspectives, University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich UK, July 12, 2017
  • "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, Niagara 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


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

Affiliations & Memberships

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

Professional Experience

Advisor, Art History Club, 2015

Global Studies and Global Perspectives Committees, 2017

Graduate Advisory Committee (2017-2018)

Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Awards Committee, 2015

Portfolio Committee, 2016

Representative at National Portfolio Days, 2014

Alfred Research Grants for Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2014–16

Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee, 2015–2016