I'm putting this topic in this area because it is for lack of a better phrase...superstitious. Don't take it seriously, just read it for fun.
I bought my first teaware from hou de in september or october of 2009, a purple clay cup from nai wei ming. Once I received it, I immediately took it out of the box and shot a picture of it. Later that day, it literally popped apart while drinking a low-temp green tea.
The next piece of teaware i immediately took a picture of was a Banko Kyusu. That day, the handle popped off during brewing. no weird handling or circumstances.
Finally, the Joyce Chen Kettle. The lid cracked into 6 pieces while I was waiting on tea to brew tonight. again, there was no weird handling or circumstances.
I'm calling this one the teaware photo curse. I'm not going to take any more pictures of my teaware immediately after I get it. I'll wait a few days instead.