Shigaraki is an area of Japan where the art of ceramic and stoneware craft dates back to ancient times. It is home to one of Japan’s “Six Old Kiln” sites, were this contemporary vase-like sculpture is created. The piece is considered earthenware, which is a type of pottery wherein clay is kiln fired to a porous state. This gives the sculpture a terracotta-like texture and matte surface; however, its deep gray finish possesses a subtle light-catching shimmer. This modern work displays a simple form and slightly unperfected shape, accented with a single textured metallic line. Fill it with foliage or a dried floral display—as the porous earthenware piece is not impervious to water—of let its sculptural nature shine on its own.