I've been seeing these on ebay and allover the online tea shops. The thing is these mugs are huge! Some even have built-in tea pets. They seem like a no-brainer for work.
I imagine they are popular with Chinese tea lovers who want to drink on the go or at work. Though most mugs seem gear for "grandpa style" tea drinking. I think I saw some in use while in Hong Kong. Specificall,y I remember this truck driver with a big 'ol yixing mug and a beer belly giving me directions on the edge of Kowloon. (I don't know if that mug had tea in it...)
So, maybe that made an impression on me, because, to my eye, the mugs look really... masculine. Mayebe it's just the color of the clay or the size, or their general squareness... but they just seem like something a dude would use, not a consummately dainty lady such as myself.
Anyone know what the real deal is?
Maybe would solve my work tea "problem" though I've come to like the rather messy corner of my desk where the tea lives.