I saw this cup in Petr's available now listing, but for many days there was only the one photo, with no additional information. I did follow several of the 'Rules for Buying Teapots
' including particularly 'Don't buy now'--I waited days, maybe even weeks, before I fired off an e-mail to ask Petr about it; and 'Only buy things you love..... Only buy something that absolutely looks amazing.'
The snowflake glaze gives an amazing texture
It reminds me of the 'Flower of Forgetfulness' from the Heinlein story, 'We also walk dogs'--described as a Ming bowl of great beauty and subtlety, that one could lose oneself in contemplating.
And right now I'm enjoying an inaugural session with some Lao Ban Zhang (2009 loose mao cha from Norbu, a very special tea), brewed up in the treebark pot that accompanied this bowl, purchased to see if the wonderful effect of my other treebark pot on oolong could be extended to puerh. So far, so good. It's even developing a very nice scent. Here it is compared to its older sibling
These little treebark pots display quite a rainbow of subtle colors
and that inspired a bit of play with photoshop, to emphasize the spectrum of colors in the new one
So nice that they were delivered today, when I was home and ready to receive them.
(more photos of these pieces here