The Shigaraki master Furutani Michio (1946-2000) was the progenitor of Shigaraki classics during his life. The art of Shigaraki, which consists of over a hundred years of tradition, is famous for the surface construction of keshiki through sensitive ash glaze. This shigaraki jar, constructed in 1995, is no exception. The coat of ash and minerals thrown onto the surface of clay highlights the vibrant quality of the clay itself: glimmers of bright orange color of the clay that was brought forth by the kiln fires peeks out from under a layer of subtle cool gray ash. Not only does the shigaraki tradition rely on the potter’s luck with kiln firing, it also brings together the indispensable elements of contemporary and modern Japanese pottery: form, surface, and tradition.