So happy with my recent shipment from Petr: I wanted some cha he made especially with photography in mind, and he came up with pieces that enhance rather than distract from the tea, and are easy to photograph well--not too shiny or deep or patterned
and then, just before those were to be shipped, this little teabark pot was posted and I fell in love:
The subtle color variations plus the texture make for a very lively surface, and it's even got a little flower, or perhaps a paw print, for added fun
best of all is that it seems to really take to darker oolongs, and to the first Wuyi teas I've tried with it, seeming to emanate delicious tea scents from the pores of the clay near the spout--something I've not noticed in any other piece of teaware.
It pairs very nicely with this rocky guinomi from Mark Smalley
although I'm having fun pairing it with other cups as well.