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Born in 1947 in Japan, Makoto Hatori apprenticed to master potter Ken Fujiwara in 1969. Then he earned a degree in sculpture at Nihon University College of Art and went on to study technology at the Gifu Prefectural Institute of Ceramics. By 1975, he had established his own studio in Namegata, Ibaraki prefecture (a region in eastern Japan), where he worked until 2006. In 2008 he decided to move to Moriya and started his new studio. Since 1978, the artist has participated in numerous exhibitions in Japan, Italy, Great Britain, New Zealand, Egypt, Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, U.S.A., Croatia, South Africa, Australia, Taiwan, Estonia, Korea, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Turkey, and Latvia. In 1992, he taught ceramics at Manchester Polytechnic (Manchester Metropolitan University) Department of Art and Design. From 1994-1996 he was a member of Contemporary Applied Arts in England. 1996, 98, he was invited to International Ceramic Symposium by Lithuania Panevezys City Council. In 1997, he was invited to "Earth and Fire" Craft Potters Association Great Britain. In 2006 he was invited by International Ceramic Studio in Hungary to "Woodfiring Symposium" -Organized program in 2006-. In 2007 he was invited as a guest speaker for "The 2nd ICMEA (International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association) Conference", Fuping Pottery Art Village, Fuping, Shaanxi, China. Currently, Makoto works as a studio artist.


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