Hei Jin Gang Clay 黑金钢沙 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).
Volume is 130ml (+/- 10ml)
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.
Every pot is hand-made and the artisan will sometimes change the stamps they use. There may also be some slight differences in the color, handle shape, and volume. It's not possible for us to re-take the pictures for each new batch of teapots that we receive from this artisan. Some differences in the color and shininess of the actual teapot you receive as compared to the one in the photographs may also be due to light conditions when the photographs are taken. Thanks for your understanding!