*comes out of lurk mode*
Not the best photo - I don't have good light anywhere handy.
Most of these are either yard sale, thrift store or craft fair finds.
From left to right:
* Teacup, blue-white porcelain, unknown origin but presumably Japanese. Peacock and flower design with gold accents.
* Cup and saucer, porcelain...very, very thin porcelain. Phoenix and vine/heart pattern, looks stamped, and you can't see it well but the handle is shaped like bamboo. Has a mark on the bottom, "Nippon" and two kanji that I haven't been able to ID. "Nippon" of course means Japan, but it also means that it was made for export between 1865-1921 - after 1921, US law changed such that all marks of origin had to be in English. This was a yardsale purchace, there is some fading of the design and a chip out of the bottom.
* (back) Red clay teapot: The not-really-yixing pot last seen here
. I use it for oolong but I haven't bought any oolong lately.
* Teapot and cups, stoneware with a speckled glaze and bamboo pattern. "Made in Japan", currently my general-use pot after my prior one broke in transit when I moved this past summer. Thrift store purchase. Holds 3-4 cups.
* Mug, glazed brown clay, handmade, bought it at a craft fair from the scratch and dent shelf (the glaze on the bottom isn't perfect). It's plain-ish but I like it's simplicity and obvious handmade-ness, and it stays warm a long time.
* Blue-brown stoneware mug, nettle design - this came from a Renaissance faire I went to last year. Current personal favorite. (I wish I could remember the name of the studio - they were doing live demos at the Sterling Renaissance Faire in central NY, and I may need to replace this one eventually because there's a crack slowly forming in it.)
* Stoneware tea bowl: My newest acquisition. Bought it at an art festival yesterday, from a studio called 4th Box Pottery in Arizona. They had several nice mugs and tea bowls and some really cool and artsy teapots, though I wouldn't be able to afford any of them. Now I'm going to have to buy some matcha to christen it properly (though I've already drunk hoji-cha from it.