I was very pleased that the first teapot I every made came out in one piece. No cracks on the bottom or handle, a good pourable spout and a good fitting lid. Handles still need work, esthetically speaking, but overall not bad... at first. As I used it to make tea, its streaky glaze grew more annoying over time. The glaze, however, looks better in this photo than it did in person. So I decided to refire it. Now the results looks more blended with more tans and browns and less blue with cream streaks. The situation is now reversed, since the refired teapot looks better in person than in the photo. Either way it makes for a good pot of tea.