Chris was born in Germany, and during his childhood, travelled the world with his parents, living in several different countries, including Japan. He specialised in East Asian Studies under Toshiko Takaezu at Princeton University, USA, and attained a degree in Japanese. He was then apprenticed to potter Takao Okazaki in Yamagata, Japan.
In 1994, he set up his first studio in Pennsylvania, USA and built an Anagama traditional wood-
“The feeling of my pots comes from my childhood and later apprenticeship spent in Japan. I do not specifically try to make Japanese-