Very nice and elaborate set up! I would just love to watch the brewing happen!
Adam, Thank you. I would love to be able to sit down together and pour. The day before I had served tea to visiting friends from Shenzhen, China whom are in the U.S. traveling for two weeks as a family. Even when I pour solo, I always pour a second setting, as though for a guest; the first round resides in the cup across the table as I pour through the various subsequent rounds. In this way I hold space for my teachers, friends, and all things and remind myself that it is impossible
to pour tea alone, a cup for the "10,000 things." At the end of the pour I drink the cup across the table as a way of completing the pour, taking "it" all in; plus, it's a good way to taste the cold flavor of the tea and to contrast the quality of one's last round with one's first round.