Japanese, born 1943
Hamanaka is descended on his mother’s side from a distinguished family in Hagi, a town in western Japan with a renowned ceramics tradition. Although he was born in Osaka, Hamanaka moved to Hagi when still in his teens to take up ceramics. He built his own kiln in 1969 and two years later adopted the art name Gesson (Moon Village). His work is regularly exhibited in Japan and abroad.