I made this for my retiring Japanese professor. Her last name is Mizuno, which means water field. I tried to make her name represented in the work, which proved to be harder than expected. I ended up deciding to have the inside look like water and the outside be rock or earth. The form I'm okay with, but the glaze results makes me really upset. I didn't expect to make a crayola blue for the water, it was supposed to be a nice clear blue. I made the perfect test tile for this, but I must have mixed it wrong. Also, the amount of iron on the outside mixed atmospherically with the blue, especially on the teapot, causing it to be a really dirty dark blue.
Overall, she was happy with the results, but since I wasn't, I gave her another set, that turned out much better. Sadly, I didn't get it pictured, but you can use your imagination. It was a faceted small yellow wabi-sabi tea set. She liked that too, and understood why I was giving her two.
Conceptually this was my best piece of the semester, functionally the other tea set was my best, and I'm going to upload one in a few days that was my best according to execution.