My first shibo, and still my favorite, because it's gorgeous, and because of the stunning effect it has had on a very nice tea:Petr Novak Wood-fired shino shiboridashi - 16
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I liked it so much that when I thought it was hopelessly broken, I commissioned another pair from Petr, and then tried to put it together again--and succeeded, though it still needs some fine sanding and gold-shellac or epoxy stuff to make it prettier again.
It's the vessel in question here:
"My anticipation was great this morning as I opened the newly arrived package of this tea from Norbu. A sample of this tea gave me one of my best tea experiences ever when I first tried it a month ago, but between then and now, my beloved shiboridashi broke, and my first attempt at brewing the same tea in another vessel was slightly disappointing compared to the first transcendent experience. My first attempt at repairing the shibo was not entirely successful—there was a slow leak—but I decided to try it this morning for the GZZS anyway, because it was a SLOW leak, and magic happened again…..I am drinking a meadow of spring flowers." The tea here is Gu Zhu Zi Sun 2011 Spring Zhejiang green tea from Norbu.