This thing is a beauty. I ordered the ivory glaze but it's more of a speckled/grayish/greenish/blueish ivory tone; not just plain white. In the closeup of the lather bowl/ridges below, you can get a feel for what the glaze actually looks like. What you see in that shot is similar to how the rest of the piece looks, (though the colors are slightly more muted/faint outside of the lather bowl).
I was so excited when I walked in the door that I shaved immediately after dinner. I put hot tap water in the reservoir and lather bowl; I let it sit while my brush soaked and I did some beard prep. Just before I whipped up my lather, I drained and refilled the reservoir with hot tap water.
I was on shave 3 with a Feather blade, so I took my time and did a nice, slow, 25 minute 3-pass. The scuttle kept the lather warm (as in discernibly) for all 3 passes (25 minutes). I finally drained it after cleaning up/applying my alum, WH/splash mix, and balm (total time about 32 minutes from the start of my shave). Even after 32 minutes, the scuttle and lather both were still warm.
My initial impression of this scuttle? It's a bigtime winner! This is excellent kit, all around; I mean this both in terms of practical performance and artisan craftsmanship.
I was a little concerned the lather bowl might be a touch small for my liking, but this isn't the case at all. I use an Omega 49 (a large brush), yet you can see how it's dwarfed by the lather bowl. In addition to the generous lathering bowl, this scuttle also holds 20 ounces of hot water. All the while, it manages to keep a relatively compact profile; it doesn't dominate your storage/shelf/counter space. Additionally, the lip at the top of the lather bowl functions exactly as described on the GP website; it really reigns in lather and prevents it from squeaking over the top of the lather bowl. To boot, I found that the ridges/bumps in the lather bowl did help to create a luxurious lather. Specifically, it wasn't so much that the time to lather was cut short (though I was able to get my lather going a bit faster), but rather that the quality of the lather was much better than that I've whipped up to date. It was indescribably fluffy with the softest of peaks, but also maintained a certain creamy thickness/richness that I struggle to describe fairly. I would define the lather, in a word, as luxurious; I mean this in terms of both lather consistency and temperature (soooo toasty and soothing).
Though pricey, this sucker is is the real deal and I hope to enjoy it for years and years to come! I am glad I went for this as opposed to a DB, Becker, etc. I'm certain those are all wonderful practical scuttles, and they're certainly great values. This G20, however, has a certain "je ne sais quoi" which competitors lack, IMHO. Georgetown Pottery has really thought of every detail here, and the complete package is extremely satisfying in every aspect. Well-done GP!
Note: I am not affiliated with Georgetown (other than being a satisfied customer).