Masakatsu Kuriya was born in Akita, Japan in 1976. He graduated from Akira University where he majored in Japanese painting. After he graduated he studied ceramics while he was working in an office. He moved to Mashiko city in 2000, continued studying and working at Mashiko Yaki Ceramic studio. In 2004 he opened his own ceramic studio and has been exhibiting in Japan. Makari is the first and only place in the US showing his work.