This rolling pin has painted wooden handles. T is very slight wear on edge of handles (painted finish) and I believe the actual "rolling" part is ceramic. T is a separate holder which attaches to the wall to store the rolling pin when not in use. I have always hand-washed this item. I am not sure if it is dishwasher safe but never felt comfortable immersing in water (afraid moisture could get inside of rolling pin and not dry properly). It is a very nice piece to add to your collection. I plan to move and am trying to downsize and received a new rolling pin from one of my daughters for a Christmas present so I thought I would give someone an opportunity to purchase my Pfaltzgraff one as I do not believe it is available any longer. Good Luck!