I collect teapots and am always on the lookout for something different. This pottery turtle is as cute as it is in the picture. It is not large, but enough to brew a mug and a half of tea. It looks handmade and has a good heft. The handle is sturdy. The only thing is that, because it is from Asia, I am unsure whether it has passed saftey standards with regard to lead in the clay or stain, which is always a concern about any imported pottery item that may be used for food. Perhaps "O" can clarify this for all of us, because this turtle is darn cute! My grandkids will love to have their tea in it...once I find out about its safety.
This is a great piece. It is the first thing anyone talks about when they walk into the room. It is important to note that this piece is larger, a lot larger than expected for a center piece; but that is part of the charm. This is a great product for the money; if you want it, go for it.
These mills work very well. The lights in the bottom show how much and where the spices are going. I use one for sea salt (already granulated) and one for pepper corns. It's important to spend time adjusting the grind to get the flow you want.