RIP: Steuben crystal
Another fine purveyor of luxury tableware (and other goods) is closing their doors: http://news.yahoo.com/end-line-fancy-...
Tangentially related to Tim's thread about the lack of continuity in the houseware industry (like Wedgwood's bankruptcy, LC's & AC's small goods' move to China, etc.)
Please, God of Homestuffs, let Pyrex always be made in the USA for ever and ever.
This makes me very sad. I had toured the Corning Glass Works in Corning NY as a preteen with my family. It was fascinating to see the artisans working on the glass pieces suspended in nets in front of them. I shall never forget seeing the work that went into those beautiful pieces.
We went to the Steuben store closing in downtown Philadelphia . I thought I would be able to pick up something inexpensively. I had gotten their catalog for years but couldn't afford it at that time, There was little good left but it still cost me a lot because David Yurman stuff was also on sale. I know it's not cookware but my wife does wear it in the kitchen, sometimes.
Now Doughmakers is out sourcing to China. We are quite put out about it. We have not been able to get their muffin tins for some time. I called about a year ago and asked. The rep told me that they did not have an American source to produce them and that they had been made in China and that they don't want to do business with China so no muffin tins. I guess they have changed their minds. Luckily we are also stocking USA Pan. Excellent bakeware.
It is sad about Steuben. I hope they keep the museum open. meanwhile Simon Pearce in Queechee Vt. is and has been turning out stunning glassware. not in the same style as Steuben but beautiful nonetheless.