-Makoto Hatori,ceramic artist who trained as a Japanese traditional potter but expresses his own philosophy into new, contemporary creations.
-[ Statement ] When we talk about the present, standing within the constant flow of time, going up against the stream is not the same as going back to the headwaters, if tradition is made up of an interweave and entanglement of time and people, the external and internal. Tradition keeps changing constantly. Tradition --- is not something that supports the past and reaches the present. Tradition supports the present and opens the way to the future.
-[ Biography ] Makoto Hatori apprenticed to masterpotter Ken Fujiwara in 1969. He then earned a degree in sculpture at Niho n University, College of Arts and went on to study technology at the Gifu Prefectural Institute of
Ceramics. By 1975, he had established his own studio in Ibaraki region in eastern Japan, where he still works today. 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. 1992, he taught ceramics at Manchester Metropolitan University Department of Art and Design. 1994~1996, Makoto 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 " Woodfiring symposium" - Organized program for 2006- by International Ceramics Studio in Hungary. 2007 Invited to FuLe International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association (ICMEA) by ICMEA and International Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, Shaanxi, China. He has published a number of articles and reviews on ceramic art. His works are included in the collections of South African, Korean, Hungarian, UK museums. Currently he works as a studio artist.