Toru Kaneko

Born 1962 in Tokyo, Japan.

Graduated 1988 from Tokyo National University of fine Arts. 

Toru Kaneko is a silversmith specialising in objects and jewellery made in various metals with unusual patinations.  He has been awarded numerous prizes in Japan including the Japan Crafts Exhibition Prize and the Grand Prix at the Takaoka Craft Competition. He has exhibited in Japan, Europe and Australia. His works have been included in public collections such as The Aberdeen Gallery, The Ulster Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.  In 2014 he retired after 20 years as Professor of metal work at the Tohoku University of Art and Design in Yamagata.

Selected Works


Rectangular square silver box (points) , 2018

H 5.9 x W 8.3 x D 5.8 cm

White metal

Blackened copper and silver oval box, 2019

H 7.5 x W 7.5 x D 7.5 cm

Patinated copper, white metal

Small silver box, 2018

H 4.3 x W 6.9 x D 6.9 cm

White metal

Tall square silver box (lines) , 2015

H 9.6 x W 6.4 x D 6.4 cm

White metal