Kuriki was born in Seto. He studied ceramics at Kyoto City University of Arts in 1962 . Being the last student of Tomimoto Kenkichi he remained influenced by this master throughout his life . After graduation, Kuriki returned to Seto to start his career as a ceramist. By improving the quality of clay and kiln , Kuriki devised the complexity of form with protrusions and depressions thus opening a new direction in ceramic art. His insightful and highly accomplished works with an excellent technique and astute sensibility awarded him various important prizes and unanimous critical acclaim. In 1983, he returned to his alma mater to teach , where he became a professor in 1993, energetically working to foster a new generation. Though Kuriki produced an extensive range of work since his first solo exhibition in 1980 , he remained an unprolific artist who uncompromisingly pursued perfection . His sudden death in 2013 was greatly lamented by the whole ceramic public.