After much nail-biting, I finally liberated my package from the clutches of the post office yesterday! I took it home, only to have a minor heart attack at the sight of this:
Still, I had faith in Mago's teaware-packing abilities, and I was not disappointed--foam peanuts and bubble wrap saved the day! The puncture had gone completely through the outer box, but there wasn't even a scratch on the beautiful tie box (my first ever):
I must confess, I think I took as many pictures of the box as I did of the cup. Though the box was much easier to capture--darn gray Seattle skies! The cup, however is gorgeous ... velvety smooth to the touch, with tons of little tiny bubbles on the white interior. I was lucky enough to get my first pick, and I love the dramatic contrast of white over blue-green that cascades over the lip. The combination of colors is so intricate, every time I look at it, I see something new!
And the drippies on mine aren't quite as dramatic as some, but they have a lovely feel, especially in contrast to the rough clay of the foot.
Hopefully I'll be able to take pictures with better lighting soon, but I was so happy to see this, I just had to share ... Thank you again, Chip--this is going up with the Rock as one of my prize possessions!