bagua7 wrote:ImmortaliTEA wrote:I personally believe that sample tea has some of the best Hong Ni for the price of anywhere on the Internet
But are they real Yixing?
Besides they state the following:
"Nei Zi Wai Hong" pot is very popular back in the 70's and 80's. During that time, the demand for zhuni is very high but the clay are limited, and zhuni shrink a lot when fired so it is not cost effective. Finally Yixing came out with an idea to make the pot using zini and then grind the zhuni as fine as powder and mix it with water then paint it or dip the pot in it so that the outer part of the zini pot is fully cover with zhuni and then fired. This kind of pot is call "Nei Zi Wai Hong" which looks like zhuni but cheaper than whole piece of zhuni."
I would add to that: And decide to start a production of wheel-thrown pots as a result of having developed a new strategy of cost reduction.
zini + zhu ni + wheel-throwing clearly reflects that new policy.
I wouldn't hold my breath for that sort of quality. $130 for that pot is a rip-off.
Your debut was kind of like this:
Why not 200?
I was referring to the medium fired factory 5 versions only. I believe they have Shui Ping and Xi Shi only in a few sizes sorry i should have been more specific. But the higher fired ones aren't quite to the standard of those great medium fired ones. I did see one or two with the brown yixing color underneath the red clay exterior like that (Nei Zi Wai Hong) on a few high fired ones so I just stick with the Factory 5's from them now. Anyway who cares about the Nei Zi Wai Hong i was referring to their pure clays. However, I'm taking a break from all the Hong Ni for a little anyway and on to my next mission now: finding 80 ml or less genuine Zi Sha & Di Cao Qing and at the same time keep the shapes strictly to the more masculine yang types with short features, wide openings, thick walls, and quick pours.