Kazumi Murose (1950-) is one of Japan's leading practitioners of maki-e (‘sprinkled picture’) lacquer decoration. He works both as an individual artist and as a conservator. The latter has given him many insights into the enormous variety of techniques historically used by maki-e specialists. He was appointed a Living National Treasure in 2008. The talk is being held in connection with the Lustrous Surfaces series of lacquer displays, one of which features a tiered box with diagonal striped design made by Mr Murose in 2004.