Patience is NOT my middle name. But it is the name of this cup. I procured it (from J-Tea International in Eugene, OR) nearly three years ago. I haven't used it until this week. The cup and I were patiently waiting for the right time and the right tea. I've dedicated the cup to shou pu-erh. The cup is a delight to hold. It's textural and the glaze makes a very interesting shiny pattern. Rocks are visible in the form, giving it a very earthy feeling.
Over the years, I've been working on the patience thing. While not my nature, it is something I'm trying to cultivate. Tea is a good teacher. Some teas are "patient" in that they do well when steeped multiple times. They open themselves, give more, blossom. Pu-erh teas and may oolongs tend to be very patient. These teas ask me, "How do you respond when you are repeatedly 'steeped'?" Do I get better with each trial?
Oh, tea, I am your student.