This was the last present Jim bought for me, and I think it's beautiful. The spout is nicely shaped, and it doesn't drip when you pour. He thought it was porcelain, but it is creamware. Generally speaking, pottery is better than porcelain for tea...it holds the heat better. It's softer and though it will chip, it is less likely to shatter when you rap it sharply against the tap. Which you will do, occasionally.