Not exactly a pleasant day to go for a walk or to do any sightseeing, but since there was a power-outage all morning we went out anyways to see Zisha Factory No.1
More fancy shops with well known owners and there is also a museum. Well, at least that’s what the sign says but its more a collection of pots and objects the artists made who have a shop in the building. Some have rather interesting pots on display, like the one in clay-mill style or the extremely flat fei xiang hu.
Now we asked people and walked around to see if there is any clay stored anywhere or maybe even produced or sold. Guess what, after wading along a muddy road we found it and there is a massive amount of clay!
Now, if you paid close attention to the picture with the little pushcart and if you can read Chinese it might dawn on you already. The clay in there is not high quality clay used for teapots, but to make large flower pots like these:
Sorry to disappoint you, but no old clay is being stashed away in Factory No.1
The artisans we spoke to there had of course already told us that the clay they use is not from inside Factory No.1 but that they have their individual sources and storage.