With photos this time: The six that are currently most-used:
My water-cooler. It's a largish creamer of ivory glazed stoneware with a basket-weave design. It's a magnificent heat sink, with a thermometer-handy shape and a wide mouth. I've gotten expert at judging amount of water by how high it goes in this vessel. Cheap thrift-store find, but I like how it does the job better than anything else I've seen.
Posed with it is a "singing cup" from Stephane at Teamasters. It's my reference cup against which I compare others for finding the right pairing with a given tea. It sits on a copper flower-shaped chataku depicting the Meiji shrine:
Attempt at detail on the chataku:
Joyce Chen ceramic kettle. Love the neutrality on the water of this one, and it is one tough baby:
The object listed as "Hakucho Banko Yaki Houhin Teapot" on Yuuki-cha. I got it from some other store on ebay, but it's the same one. I'm currently drinking O-Cha's Sae Midori every morning, and this is the best infusion vessel I have for that tea. Banko-yaki, even a poured-slurry cheapie like this one, does something to this tea I adore, and this is my only banko with a steel mesh filter:
My current chawan of choice is a 69-cent thrift store find. I always wanted one in a certain type of cobalt blue, because the green matcha against that color really does something to me, but I've never seen one I could afford. There's no maker's mark on this bowl, I don't know who made it or what for, and it had a sizable chip missing off the outside, but it was that perfect gorgeous blue and the right size and shape, so I brought it home, lead-tested it, and dyed the chip with tea. The tea-dyed imperfection fits very well with the traditional matcha aesthetic, I think:
I have a lot of china in the Haviland Blue Garland pattern, all of it accumulated from thrift stores. The teacups (not the coffee cups) for this set are excellent when you want a thin-walled porcelain English-style cup with a good shape for tea drinking. I use one for when I drink black tea. I have several, which is good given that I've already smashed two. I'm getting much better at not smashing teaware. I tried to show some of the transparency of the cup: