Kazunori Ohnaka is a ceramic artist who was born in 1971, and lives and works in Yamaguchi, Japan. The self-taught master began studying ceramics in 2000, dedicating his life to his work. This commitment has resulted in his exquisite works becoming internationally sought after.
In 2021, Ohnaka had seven solo exhibitions in major cities across Eastern Asia. He participated in group shows including ‘Contemporary Chanoyu Exhibition’ at Keisui-An, New York, in 2013. Additionally, he deservingly received multiple awards for his work in group exhibitions.
His practice is influenced by ancient Japanese objects and the traditional Japanese aesthetics concept ‘Yūgen’ a word that originated in China, which translates as ‘mysterious profundity’. He seeks to encourage the viewer to engage with this notion, utilising their imagination to experience an object’s latent beauty. His energetic ceramics push the limits of form and balance through innovative and unconventional techniques.