Sake bottle, Negoro style
C15484 [Not Available]
Jihei Murase
Ridged water pitcher, Negoro style
C15615 [Not Available]
Jihei Murase
Hatchet shaved silver lacquer water jar
C15485 [SOLD]
Jihei Murase
Ridged tea caddy, Negoro style
C15620 [SOLD]
Jihei Murase
Silver and black tea caddy
C15488
Jihei Murase
Lignitized Ancient Zelkova vase
C14777 [SOLD]
Jihei Murase
Hatchet shaved water jar
C17039 [HOLD]
Jihei Murase
Jihei Murase
A third-generation woodworker and lacquer craftsman, he 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 with the lathe, he creates superb forms and also demonstrates outstanding lacquering finish. He produces unique Negoro-style works that are ideally suited to the twenty-first century.

1957 Born in Tokyo as the grandson of the first generation Jihei who was a craftsman working with the wooden base and lacquer coating under the direction and patronage of Kitaoji Rosanjin.
1975 Graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Music & the Fine Arts.
1980 Graduated from the Sculpture Department of Tokyo Zokei University.
In the same year, joined the long-standing family lacquerware wooden base and coating business.
Received instruction in the Way of Tea from Suzuki Sokan of Hibi-an, a Master of the Urasenke School of Tea.
2001 Inherited the name, Jihei III, and the position of 7th generation lacquerware base maker
2010 Exhibited at About the Tea Ceremony: A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kogei held at the National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Exhibited at Kogei and the Tea Ceremony held at the National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Solo exhibition Lacquer Forms: Modern Negoro at Ippodo Gallery New York
Solo exhibition at Ippodo Gallery Tokyo

Thereafter exhibits in numerous galleries and department stores within Japan and throughout the world.

Public Collection:
Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA
Yale University Art Gallery (Asian art collection) / New Haven, CT
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / Japan



Jihei Murase - The Technique of Lacquer from Shoko Aono on Vimeo.