I have a mug similar to this – same type from Teavana just a different design. The cup itself is ceramic and pretty to look at. It comes with a ceramic basket to steep your tea but the holes are somewhat large so you need to be careful when brewing finer tea. The lid looks like a gaiwan lid and helps keep your beverage warm. I’ve had this for over a year now and the artwork on the mug hasn’t faded or anything. It’s held up very well. I’ve also thrown mine in the dishwasher over that time period.