I got this so wife could use as it was intended. She won't use as an ashtray and I kinda can't blame her. It is very beautifuly made. The coror is vibrant and the craftsmanship is spectacular. It's quite heavy like porcelain. I really like the lid . design and if used as an ashtray it would look like a chimney when extinguishing a smoke. I guess she can use as a planter as that was the other intent of the seller and that would look amazing. Anyway you use it it will look great. It seems priced affordable too.