Kazunori Hamana's ceramic works are built by hand from coils using a variety of natural clays, with surfaces that are marked by engravings, scratches or washes of paint and glazes made from regional materials. Once fired, Hamana places the large ceramic vessels outside and around his studio on the east coast of Japan where they are left to age, collecting traces of wear with the changing of the seasons that become part of the finished object.
His works draw from the traditional Japanese tsubo, a large functional clay jar dating back to prehistoric times that was used in farmhouses to store and process food. Working with ancient techniques and processes over a time consuming process, his works connect us with an elemental energy and explore the balance between the mark of the human gesture and the effects of nature.
Kazunori Hamana (b. 1969) lives and works in Chiba, Japan. A self-taught ceramicist, Hamana shares his time between working as a fisherman and a craftsperson, creating his own anchovy sauce and often restoring farmhouses in the coastal environment where he works.