The ceramics of Furukawa Takahisa (b. 1940) gracefully elaborates upon motifs depicting flora and fauna through functional works. Born in Tokyo, he studied in the metropolitan city as part of the first graduating class of the Arts Ceramic Arts department at Tokyo University, before going on to build his kiln in Mashiko. The Mingei movement in Mashiko is pervasive in Furukawa’s forms, which emphasizes functionality and technical craft. This vase has beautiful black iron glazed leaves, evoking ink painting on a silk scroll. The leaves highlight the oak tree’s bounty by accentuating its strong veins and decorating its acorns with gold, the piece is perfect for autumn with its underscores of harvest.