Koji Aoki was from a business background and had worked as a businessman for more than 10 years in Tokyo before becoming a potter. He had achieved great success in his career during the 1990s. One day, he went to a ceramic exhibition of the renowned British ceramicist Lucie Rie in Tokyo. He was impressed by how amazing the techniques of handcrafted ceramics are and instantly fell in love with pottery. In a family trip to Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, he had his heart set to move to that quiet and tranquil little town for good.
With his family’s support, he learnt about pottery by himself and created his original glaze colours at his home studio. His talents brought him many opportunities to hold exhibitions in different cities in Japan.