I am very pleased with the look and feel of this tea pot. It is extremely easy to brew up to 24 oz. of tea, and serve it. I use two cast iron Japanese tea cups that each hold approximately 3 oz. each. The tea in the pot stays hot while multiple cups of tea are enjoyed. The colorful lotus picture is only on one side, and the other has mostly the white outline. This is not an issue for me, but where some complain about the pot's decor.