First, these dishes are simply beautiful. The design is consistent, and the light grays, eggplant accents with spots of blue, and brown rimming are all subtle enough to match just about any kitchen. The hues vary slightly between each piece type, giving a more artistic, less mass produced look. Beautiful, proper artistic stoneware even down to the minutely crackled finish. Crate and Barrel has nothing on these.
I also really like the medium-light weight “heft” of each piece. The plates are not overly heavy or thick (such as fiestaware), especially for stoneware. The smaller salad plate is not too small and dinner plate is not too big. No piece is too heavy. The bowls are perfect depth for cereal or soup. The small dipping bowls are fairly small, proportioned for soy sauce, ketchup, spice prep, maybe a small side of pickles. The mugs are quite sizable and deep, which I prefer for my larger coffee and tea drinks. Again, all the pieces are beautifully matched, perfectly weighted and artistically designed.
I give these 4.5 out of 5 stars. My only complaint is there was a pinhead size chip on one of rims of a dinner plate when I opened the box, but too small for me to bother dragging it back to the store. I actually took a brown permanent marker to cover it up and have not noticed again since. Also should be noted these are not microwave safe, which presents a little bit of a hassle. However I’m not sure if any stoneware is actually microwave safe. They are dishwasher safe, which is a must.