Imagining lacquer's endless possibilities from his Tokyo atelier, Jihei Murase  (b. 1957) is a third-generation lacquer artist equipped with the skills acquired from a lifetime of training and a deep understanding of traditional techniques. Murase's innovative curving methods and mastery of the vermillion-coated Negoro style have made the artist a favorite of collections, including the Victoria & Albert in London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Modern Art, among others. Murase's affiliation with the tea ceremony is deeply connected with his knowledge of traditional techniques. Yet, the artist constantly transforms wood, inventing new and unique forms.