I ask too many questions already! The language barrier is a pain, so I try to bring my overflow here!
Also, I find that a lot of of the folks here are a bit...well...high-brow! So they will look at dcq clay that is really low quality, and say, "Meh, that is not dcq," even though another person might say it is! One guy even argues that if there are any additives at all then it cannot be sold as zisha! That's why we don't sell any mao lvni. But that is ultimately my curiousity...if lower grade dcq clay is less reddish and darker, maybe closer in appearance to normal zini or qing shui ni. I will poke around here and see.
We have recently closed our previous factory, and opened a brand new factory (Korean-Nak Seng Do Ye; Chinese-Le Sheng Tao Ye; English-Happy Life Ceramic Arts; please forgive my awful transliterations!) with 8 or 10 artisans, fully employed by us, and 2 full time state-certified masters, with a whole handful of other masters who come and go, doing bits and pieces for us. But the American branch, tentatively called G.U. Earth Tea, will only have 1 or 2 master pots, and low-level masters at that. The Korean stores have pots ranging from US$100 to US$50,000 (only 3 or 4 of those, made by grandmasters-and wow are they pretty!), with a lot of master pots in the US$600-$10,000 range. These will not be imported to the US unless there is a dramatic shift in the market in the coming years.