It’s cheap, durable, and beautiful. I was going to post on this next week, but Slate beat me to the punch. So instead of reinventing the wheel I’ll send you over there. One thing that most people don’t think about is the fact that tons of painted items not meant for kids and ceramics not meant for eating are painted/glazed with lead paint/glaze all the time. So it’s a good idea to keep kids’ mouths off of brightly painted plastics/metals that are not kids toys and any ceramics that aren’t made for food (for some questionable items like pitchers, check to see if it is labeled food safe, otherwise it could be meant to be decorative only).