I purchased this large scuttle from the potter through E-bay, It arrived well packaged about one week from purchase date. The scuttle is 6 inches across by 5 inches tall. The handle is large enough for two finger use. The lather bowl is a nice 5 1/2 inch wide by 4 inch deep ribbed bowl. On the first use, I filled the resevior with boiling water from an electric kettle, the odd pinging noises concerned me so I stood back and waited until they stopped. Upon inspection the glaze had hairline cracks in it but no damage to the vessel itself. Apparently the glaze was too thick or wasn't cured properly, or both. The first run was with good ole prorasso, the first lather whipped up nice and was amazingly hot and relaxing. By the time I went for a second pass the lather was chalky and dry. After several trials I've found that pre-heating the scuttle with boiling water for about five minutes, emptying, refilling with hot tapwater ,about 140 F, will provide a nice warm/hot lather that doesn't dry out as quickly. This scuttle is not the cream of the crop asthetically but for the price, especially for this size I feel it is well worth the money. It holds the heat very well, filled with boiling water, 30 minutes later the lather bowl was still very hot to the touch. Highly recommended for a first scuttle, especially if one is unwilling to spend $60.00 or more just to try one.