These dishes are very pretty. I've had them for a few days and they don't seem to scratch from the foot of each dish. They are not to heavy like some stoneware.. they are on the thinner side, so not too thick. I love the color. They are a black with grey speckles in the middle, tan around the edge and possibly a hint of a deep blue ring that goes around the bowls... the color of the dishes are listed as black, and they are, but they do show different colors depending on the light. In my pictures below, they almost look like a dark brown, but they are black outside in the light that reflect different colors I mentioned above. I really do like them. And they were well packaged, so nothing broke in transit.