I bought a Yixing teapot for $90 about two years ago. It is a modern pot without any odd smell or taste. It is also free of heavy metals. The teapot has a good lid fit, drips little from the spout and has fairly big walls. I like the teapot's design, but it is too big for daily use (250cc), so I did not use it that much. Yesterday, I found some similar teapots online (the color of the clay looks different though). The cheapest price was $42 so now, I feel kind of tricked.
Before I buy anything smaller, I would like to ask for your opinion on the clay. The pictures online are very detailed. Please use the links below, as I am not allowed to post them here directly.
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Is the clay of good quality or not? How do you determine the clay's quality?
Thanks & regards,