I did a good bit of research on the clay, It's normal modern manufactured yixing clay made from clay dug from deep in the earth as opposed to surface mines. The coloring is achieved by adding minerals. (but adding minerals has been going on for 100s of years, they've just gotten better)
It's the same stuff used to make most decent modern pots.
The plain clay has no minerals.
That's all I know.
It's really not that expensive for the size I'm working I have $30 worth of clay and with recycling I don't think I'll need more for many months.
But that said I do want to try some domestic clay too. What kind might be best?
1. high fire
2. looks good in the buff
3. superior detail
4. "stiff" hard to explain... it's just stiff even when super saturated with water
5. will be kind to tea
6. can be burnished
7. after it is fired it rings like a bell
anything like this or close? 5 out of 7 would be great!
lastly, Jay... I would literally cut off my pinky to try some of that "good stuff-- after I have practiced enough I'd like to make a pot to keep and a few for my family as heirlooms. They won't be master quality, but I want them to be the best they can be. I'm not that concerned about the price of the clay. Compared to some of my other hobbies this has been refreshingly reasonable lol. I'd only need 3lbs total.
I won't need it for possibly a year or two, but I'm thinking getting this may be impossible. If it is, I'll have to try modifying the clay that I have to get the look and feel that I want... (but I guess not the pitch when you "ring the pot" ) --
uh oh I think I'm rambling.
Also, I'm discovering the tools are key... getting it right means finding the right tool-- knowing when to use it. Also, working fast matters much of the uglyness of my pot is because they get much too dry. But each time I do it it's faster.
Oh! And I found another video!http://www.youtube.c...n&v=xq9z9RySS4o
And the person who posted it has a few more.