Born in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, 1946
Lives and works in Tokoname, Japan

Masamichi was born in Chigasaki in the prefecture of Kanagawa. He studied industrial design at the Japanese Design Academy in Tokyo before joining the design studio of Sugei Junpei in Tokoname. After further studying ceramics in the studio of a local master potter, he set up his own studio in 1975. His international career started when he won the Grand Prize at the 3rd Biennale of Vallauris in France. Thereafter he has exhibited all over the world, participated in many international symposiums, and also taught as Professor at the Nagoya University of the Arts. He is a member of the IAC (International Academy of Ceramics) since 1984. (New Ceramics, 3/18)