A third-generation woodworker and lacquer craftsman, Murase performs every stage of the production himself, from turning the wooden bases to applying the natural urushi lacquer. He inherited his grandfather's close association with the tea ceremony and carries out research into tea-ceremony utensils. Using his skill on the lathe he creates superb forms he demonstrates his outstanding lacquering technique in the finish. He produces unique Negoro-style works that are ideally suited to the twenty-first century.