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Born in 1947 in Japan, Makoto Hatori apprenticed to master potter Ken Fujiwara in 1969. He then 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 works 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. 1992, he taught ceramics at Manchester Polytechnic (Manchester Metropolitan University) Department of Art and Desigin. 1994 -1996, he is member of Contemporary Applied Arts in England. 1996,98 Invited to International Ceramic Symposium by Lithuania Panevezyo City Council. 1997 Invited to " Earth and Fire" Craft Potters Association Great Britain. 2006 Invited to " Wodfiring symposium " - Organised program for 2006 - by International Ceramic Studio in Hungary. 2007 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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