Kaneshige Makoto was born in 1945 in Inbe (Okayama Prefecture), the eldest son in a ceramics family that is rich in traditions. His father, Kaneshige Sozan, and his uncle, Kaneshige T˘y˘, are regarded as two of the twentieth century’s finest Japanese ceramicists. That was presumably one reason that he never thought about making ceramics himself. In 1964 he began studying agricultural science at the University of Kyoto.

In 1968, shortly after receiving his degree, he saw some of his father’s pieces in an exhibition in Tokyo; they impressed him so deeply that he decided to become an apprentice in his father’s workshop.
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