An interesting additional option, plus those mumyoi pots are so nice looking. Theres a lot to look into both from a clay perspective but also just aesthetics with a lot of the current Japanese potters I can see. Some really gorgeous work and if handling or heat is a concern quite a few artists making more rear handle and smaller size pots like Ito Gafu or Shiro Shimizu (beautiful work... I'm a little obsessed at the moment). Maybe it is just what I manage to come across but it seems like there is a lot of work and interest in Japan in finding new ways forward with different styles of tea and ceramics, and that includes drawing inspiration from more of a Chinese direction while also trying very new things, but that maybe a lot of the Chinese market is catered towards more classic styles and techniques? I don't want to generalize too much because of course this is all just what I see, and that involves a lot of language and regional limitation and that is also without looking at other places like Taiwan, so on... maybe there is a lot more stuff going on than I know about. Some of what I see from Japan seems closer in general idea to what people like Bero or Duchek are doing in Europe by taking bits and pieces from various traditions and regions and mixing it into something distinctly local and new.
oof when you start adding in cups and pitchers you are really just making a mess. I have one nixing and one that I think is zisha but they are very tiny one sip cups so you are not gonna really be able to tell anything from them. I also have a pair of "red clay" cups, probably just standard cheaper yixing, but they don't see much use - maybe I need to work it into rotation and see how they do. I was eyeing up some hong-ni cups the other day...
the banko this morning seemed to work pretty favorably with the more storage heavy liu bao. again with thicker liquor/mouthfeel, took out what would be considered the less pleasant aspects of storage, made things very mineral but also more mild. its a little bigger than my other pots so I'm not filling it all the way, which can further add to the mess if maybe using larger pots not totally filled like one does with sencha could also have a noticeable effect or not. I have to admit while all this is interesting I do have my budgetary interests in doing these experiments both for myself and to hopefully advise others that maybe there are less obvious and just as or better performing options when looking into clay pots than the often more pricey options that seem to always come up as the best. this also probably comes from my kinda stubborn/oppsitional nature. a bit of "oh yixing is the best huh? well we will just see about that!"
this is all going to be way too much soon and I'm gonna have to just go back to the old porcelain gaiwan and say forget it