Pros: lightweight, durable (so far)
Cons: loses pattern
This is beautiful tableware, simple but elegant. The platter (plates, bowls, and dinner plates too) are lightweight and durable so far (haven't dropped one yet).
This platter is perfect for serving main dishes, as its depth provides much extra space for overflowing sauces and ingredients. This is about all we've used it for as it is quite a large dish, it can be quite heavy when filled - we just serve ourselves from it.
I have only one issue with this product, and unfortunately it's a show stopper.
Within the first 5 days of use, we had washed them in the dishwasher about 3 times, we noticed a "bleaching" effect that ruined the elegance - in fact it ruined the entire design of the plate. The existing design is sort of a spattered glaze look, and this bleaching simply eroded away at this pattern. What was left was spots of solid green (the inner color of the plate). So, you have a nice pattern which is ruined by big, ugly, solid green spots.
This bleaching occured on one plate in a few short days, but has since infected my entire plate and dinner plate set. Bowls, and platter have not yet been ruined.
Now here's the kicker - I called the company and told them what was happening to the plates. I hadn't even finished my sentence before they asked me for my mailing address to send me an entire new set of plates. Now, this is awesome, except for the feeling I got. They denied every hearing about this problem before, yet the entire phone call took less than 2 minutes and they gave away an entire set! They may just be awesome at customer service, but I'll be skeptical until this problem is no more.
So, I gave them an average rating and would recommend to a friend, but I still need some time with these items.