As a newbie I've been reading and learning and have seen multiple post about making lather, videos too. But I would like to ask this question as perhaps a way of getting a consolidated answer beyond "it's a personal choice" which it may end up being.
Do you experts make lather in a mug, bowl, or on your face. I've tried all three in my brief wet shaving experience. So far none have worked "perfect" for me.
My mug, an Old Spice one I found at a thrift store, is shallow which I like, but not big enough to hold enough later. My bowl, once held Stilton Cheese from Williams Sonoma, it's pretty nice (with a lid) but to deep for my EJ Med brush. The lather gets all over my fingers and knuckles when reaching in to swirl the soap. I don't really have a technical problem with lathering directly to my face other than I don't like it.
Additionally, part of the reason for asking is I don't want to continue buying things and then discarding them for something reported to be better.
For example there is a post about a Moss Scuttle made in Canada which looks intriguing but costs $50 and a lathering bowl for $35. I don't mind paying that if it really works.
I've also seen all sorts of mugs but most of them are more tall than wide and appear to be for holding the soap rather than a lather maker. But not to sure if that in entirely correct.
There are lots of bowls. Many of the forum's favorite supply sites have them and many are colorful and handmade ( I know color is a personal choice). Some have handles others are held in your hand like this bowl one from Classicshaving made of horn.
What to do is the conundrum. It would be helpful, interesting, and fun to hear from some of you that may have gone through the process of trail and error to come up with your favorite solution.