Jin Hei Gang clay is a blend of Zi Ni (Purple Clay) and Bao Lan Zhu Ni. It's dark in color with some purple and brown with a small amount of sand mixed in. Porous and perfect for seasoning with Pu-erhs or Oolongs. It's also good for Hei Cha (like Fu Brick, Tian Jian or Liu Bao).
Bao Lan Zhu Ni is bluish in its natural state then turns a deep brown-black when fired. Bao Lan Zhu Ni is from the western part of Yixing county near the Yellow Dragon mountain.
This style of Bao Lan Zhu Ni, has sand added to the give the clay a rough "dimpled" texture. Nice fast pour and good lid fit.
Artist's Name and Background: Xia Cai Hong is a graduate of the Yixing Academy of Clay Arts. She's from a teapot crafting family that's been creating works of art in Yixing for three generations. Her favorite teapot styles are "Fang Gu" and "Rong Tian". Her father Xia Fu Ru is now retired but worked in Yixing Factory #1 starting in the 1970's after the end of the Cultural Revolution.
Volume is 200ml (+/- 10ml)