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A Question Regarding Modern Corelle Dinnerware.

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rusted Nov 3, 2012 01:24 AM

Hi.

When I moved out 3 years ago, my mother gave me some pieces of Corelle Dinnerware with the gold butterfly motif (picture included). She received these from her mother when she got married in the 70's. Recently, when I was visiting my aunt, I noticed that she had the exact same dinnerware. It turns out that she was jealous of my mother so my grandmother had also bought her the same set. Ever since I can remember, every meal prepared at home had been eaten off these plates.

After having lived alone for a while now, I find that just having 4 plates, 2 bowls and 2 teacups + saucers is lacking. Particularly when I have friends over, I find myself short on dinnerware. I would like to start my own collection and return the Gold Butterfly pieces to my mother. However, it seems like modern Corelle designs are not as complete as the older designs and online reviews of their quality are mixed.

The most common sets are either 4 piece sets or 16 piece sets, which include a large plate, a bread plate, a soup bowl, and a mug, or 4 of each, respectively. Sets do not include a tea cup or saucer nor do these seems to be available separately for modern designs. Also many sets seem to be lacking the larger 28oz cereal bowl (picture included).

I would love to have a matching set that at the very least includes 10in dinner plates, 28oz cereal bowls, mugs and tea cup + saucer. Do any such designs/sets still exist?

Also, regarding the dinnerware sets, there seem to be different price points. I've found 16pc sets that run around $65 (actual price not suggested retail price) at department stores like Macy's and I've also seen 16pc sets that are less than $25 at places such as Wal-mart and Amazon. Are there varying degrees of quality (e.g. some come with longer warranties) or is pricing purely based on design?

Edit: I noticed my photo was shot with really poor perspective (I am clearly not cut out for photography). The shot makes the cup which is either 4oz or 6oz look enormous and its saucer the same size as the smaller of the two plates. This is not the case.

 
 
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  1. jadec RE: rusted Nov 3, 2012 04:04 AM

    I use Corelle but have not seen the cup and saucer. I purchased the 28oz bowl, small soup(?) bowls and large round sided dishes as open stock but they are unpatterned white. I have the older 10inch plates too but find them too big for everyday use, so I use the smaller 8 inch plates most of the time. I think pricing is based on design and type of store. Mine came from Meijer (Midwestern Walmart). On the Corelle site it looks like there are additional pieces for some patterns not sold in sets. Example: http://www.corelle.com/patterns/count...

    1. sunshine842 RE: rusted Nov 3, 2012 06:14 AM

      I bought my set at the Corelle outlet at an outlet mall - I bought the 16-piece set (twice, so I have service for 8), then I picked up the additional pieces I wanted.

      It's nice that it's mostly open-stock, so you get what you want, and don't get stuck with a bunch of stuff you don't -- I can't stand those miserable excuses for teacups -- but I bought the coffee mugs.

      1. Sid Post RE: rusted Nov 3, 2012 06:21 AM

        Consider what you really want out of your dinnerware first. I find Corelle to be too thin and lightweight for my tastes and prefer something with a little more heft. Thicker dinnerware is easier for me to grasp.

        Something like this will serve you well:
        http://www.pfaltzgraff.com/on/demandw...

        You may also want to consider a trip to your local restaurant supply place to put your hands on a good variety of dinnerware and get a feel for the differences in good quality options at moderate prices.

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          sunshine842 RE: Sid Post Nov 3, 2012 06:52 AM

          Thin and lightweight is exactly why I prefer Corelle, along with its tendency to be pretty much unbreakable, short of a drop onto a hard floor.

          I don't want the weight of stoneware, for handling, washing, or storage.

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            CanadaGirl RE: sunshine842 Nov 5, 2012 05:47 PM

            I'm right with you. Light dishes I don't have to be worried about are very helpful when it comes to ensuring my children (7&9) are able to actually be helpful around the kitchen.

            Corelle may not be the most stunning dishes available, but they serve the purpose very well. Mine are plain white and I am quite happy with them.

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              John E. RE: sunshine842 Nov 6, 2012 05:08 PM

              I once dropped a dinner plate on a vinyl-over-concrete kitchen floor. It landed on edge and broke into 1.2 million shards.

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                CanadaGirl RE: John E. Nov 6, 2012 05:20 PM

                Right, but a drop onto a tile or concrete floor is pretty much the only way they break. And even that kind of drop is often survived; it happens far to often in my house!! I will agree that when they so break, they break into more pieces than stoneware or china. But, for me, the trade off is worth it.

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                  John E. RE: CanadaGirl Nov 6, 2012 09:22 PM

                  I agree. My mother had stoneware plates when I was growing up. She switched to Corelle sometime in her 60s. We bought Corelle dishes about the same time. Loading from the dishwasher to the cupboard is much easier with Corelle. Plus, I found a complete set of plates that matched ours at a thrift store. We don't use the mugs or saucers, just the small, medium, and dinner plates, as well as the bowls, serving bowls, and serving plates.

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                  Jeri L RE: John E. Nov 6, 2012 09:27 PM

                  That's the deal. When Corelle breaks, you're picking up shards for the next year.

            2. Lotsofscots RE: rusted Nov 3, 2012 06:53 AM

              Oh, the nostalgia of Corelle dinnerware! When we held an estate sale when my MIL passed this last summer her Corelle from the 70s was snatched up quickly. That's where I think you should search - at yard sales and estate sales. All the vintage Pyrex, Corning Ware, and Corelle is out there, but not on online sites except perhaps Ebay. You'll pay more on Ebay than hunting for pieces at sales.
              Happy collecting!

              1. dcrb RE: rusted Nov 3, 2012 09:23 AM

                ebay has all sort of Corelle. You should be able to match what you already have.

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                  debbypo RE: rusted Nov 3, 2012 10:24 PM

                  If you are anywhere near one of the many outlet malls that have a Corning store there is a great deal of variety available... both sets and open stock. i suggest you google the outlets and plan a trip (to the mall and down memory lane).

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                    kseiverd RE: rusted Nov 4, 2012 05:02 AM

                    Have any thrift stores in the area? I often see Corelle at Good Will. Sure seems to be sturdy stuff for its light weight... ya never see it chipped or cracked, even at a thrift store or yard sale.

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                      rusted RE: rusted Nov 4, 2012 07:07 AM

                      Thanks for all of the input. I decided to collect some older Corelle pieces through ebay or other sources.

                      A big problem I have with the newer sets is that the mugs are stoneware and it seems that the number one complaint online about these sets is the chipping in the mugs. Of course, I could always buy a set and not use the mugs, but it seems like a waste.

                      Also, there seems to be a lot of concern regarding imperfections in the production of Corelle plates. The plates I have lie flat and stack perfectly evenly, but even these do not have perfectly round edges. There is a very small dimple on the edge of one of the plates that is only barely noticeable when I wash the dishes. However, this imperfection has no impact on its usage. Personally, I find this trivial and I think you'll see occasional imperfections with any dinnerware at this price point.

                      I agree with sunshine842. I prefer Corelle because they are lightweight and yet durable. I'll admit that it's not the best choice for more formal or finer affairs, but I'm living alone, on a budget. For everyday use, I think it's very suitable, and I expect it last a long time.

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                        rasputina RE: rusted Nov 4, 2012 08:33 AM

                        The patterns do seem to be irregular in some cases. My set are a solid color so I avoided that issue.

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                          sunshine842 RE: rusted Nov 4, 2012 08:44 AM

                          and I get no end of compliments about my settings -- I have good china, but it tends to not come out for family and friends.

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                          rasputina RE: rusted Nov 4, 2012 08:28 AM

                          I have a set I bought maybe 10 years ago and yes they don't have tea cups with saucers. My set came with 16 oz glasses. I don't think that matching tea cups and saucers are very popular or used much anymore. When I bought my good china in the early 80s by the place setting it came with tea cups and saucers and I've used them maybe a couple times over the years. They haven't even been removed from their storage box in at least 10 years now. You are right, the bowls in the new corelle are not very useful in size or shape.

                          My corelle is mainly used for anything that needs to be microwaved. Although we do eat off the plates daily. My good china sets also get everyday use.

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                            axial RE: rusted Nov 5, 2012 11:35 AM

                            The differences in price and warranty might also be due to "original" Corelle weight (Vitrelle 1) as opposed to the variously named "Ultra" or "Livingware" Vitrelle 2 lines which are 70% thicker than the original. The Corelle website says that the two have a 3 yr vs. 5 yr warranty. They also have stoneware (which I personally dislike intensely).

                            10 or so years ago I found a single salad plate of the "Fruit Alfresco" design which is an Ultra line in one of the outlet store locations and have treasured it ever since. As many of you, I grew up with the original Corelle, but I never liked the clattery sound it makes, nor the dish shapes, for that matter. The Ultra line is worlds apart in better sound and thickness.

                            http://www.corelle.com/manufacturing-...

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                              breadchick RE: axial Nov 5, 2012 05:45 PM

                              axial,
                              I wanted to see what the pattern looked like, and found a Fruit Alfresco salad plate for sale on the Etsy website. Pretty plate.

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                              jujuthomas RE: rusted Nov 5, 2012 12:16 PM

                              we chose Pfaltzcraf for our wedding, since I already had a nice set of dishes. I wish we'd gone another route. the dishes are chipped, cracked, and silvered - DH is a plate scraper and the base color of the plates is white. I am campaiging to get something (almost anything) to replace it. # 1 on my list is corelle - I just don't like any of the current patterns with the serving bowls I wish to keep.
                              I do have some "leftover" pieces of corelle I got from my mother and I've gotten filler pieces from their open stock at the outlets for great prices. I wanted white to go with the blue and white pattern my mother got in the 80s. You can get good prices from their online outlet, and more selection than in brick and mortar stores. http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/corni.... If I replace my current set with Corelle, it will mostly be from open stock, since I already have some pieces.

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                                jujuthomas RE: rusted Nov 5, 2012 06:43 PM

                                look, you can add more! http://www.etsy.com/listing/112998727...
                                :)

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                                  jerrymcc RE: rusted Nov 7, 2012 11:40 PM

                                  corning ware is my favorite. light, easy to clean and strong. i had dropped a plate and caught it on the bounce. lucky maybe but i doubt any other plate would have literally bounced back in my hand. i started collecting old patterns and find great deals at flea markets and ebay. i like the old classic designs. the new stuff is great too. i see some don't like the new stoneware cups. i agree. i have the cups between the very early ones like yours but before the stoneware. they're taller and have larger handles. the deep bowls are harder to find and don't bear the patterns. i have patterned dinner and salad plates, cups and saucers, wide rim soup and cereal bowls, some berry bowls and servers. the deep soup bowls and serving bowls are mostly white. i also have an affinity for the old cornflower cookware. there's a bunch of other good patterns too. corning ware is just a great american product. what's not to like.

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