After a post-office delay, my new pieces are here, including the raptor. So far, all are performing well. The 'nearly vitrified' kyusu has very nice balance and size, and being unglazed, I figure I should restrict it to one type of tea, but I haven't decided which yet. So far, it's been tried out with some light green oolong with nice results. I have been using a quite small Seong-il porcelain pot for those and this would be quite nice for those times when I do want to work with a larger volume.
This pretty little gaiwan has given nice results with Dan Cong oolong
and the long-awaited raptor worked beautifully with some young sheng puerh
I did enjoy a 'hard core' gongfu session with my tiniest gaiwan and some precious Lao Ban Zhang sheng puerh, that worked beautifully with this very tiny teacup which has a nubbly Hagi-ness to it...
and it's 'big' brother (holding maybe 100 mL vs the 50 mL of the tiniest cup) has worked well with several different teas and brewing vessels.
Shawn described this one as 'buttery', and it really does have a golden warmth inside and out