What Is Corelle Dinnerware?

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CORELLE® appeared on the market in 1970 as the first glass dinnerware to be chip and break resistant. It was developed by the research and development team at Corning Glass Works. Corelle® dinnerware is made by a hub lamination process that bonds three layers of glass. The process creates a lightweight and durable product with unique enamel decorating that is a part of the glass. Dinnerware actually originated in China.

How to Choose Dinnerware

Different types of dinnerware sets on the market range from plastic to glass, with the glass pieces being more fragile and less sturdy, although very pretty to look at. Various pattern designs and uses will help you determine which ones fit your lifestyle. When choosing a good set of dinnerware, whether for everyday use or for occasional company or special meals, pay attention to defects, life expectancy, style and budget.

Available Corelle Patterns

Currently available patterns include: Apricot Grove, Basketweave, Chocolate Mint, Daydream, Floral Cascade, Geometric, Hot Dots, Sandstone, Spearmint and Memphis. Some discontinued patterns include: Bayscape, Blue Cornflower, Christmas Joy, Cornsilk, French Lilac, Fruit Too, Gingerbread Men, Pacifica, Pillsbury Dough Boy and the Queen's Lace, as well as many other patterns.

Corelle Dinnerware Guarantees

According to the makers of Corelle dinnerware, it is the "original break and chip resistant glass dinnerware" company. The company has been in business since 1970 and the dinnerware is "recognised worldwide for its legendary strength and durability." The makers guarantee that their "livingware" is easy to clean, dishwasher and oven safe, lightweight and durable, and carries the added distinction of being attractive and affordable. It comes with a three-year limited break and chip warranty.

Corelle Competitors

Major competitors of the Corelle (Corning Glass) company are Pfaltzgraff and Mikasa, Noritake of Japan, and Wedgwood of England, as well as many Chinese and Indian imports easily available on the open market.

Dinnerware versus Earthenware

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, earthenware is ceramics made of slightly porous opaque clay fired at low heat, or what we might refer to as "clay" or ceramic dishes, or pottery. Earthenware is made up of a generic composition of 25 per cent ball clay, 28 per cent kaolin, 32 per cent quartz, and 15 per cent feldspar. Earthenware is also considered to be dinnerware, along with stoneware, porcelain, bone china, glass, plastics and the much cheaper version (a blend of plastic resin and urea) called melamine. As a warning: It is best to avoid melamine dinnerware, as it has been known to cause toxic reactions in people and animals, which sometimes lead to kidney malfunctions and bladder cancer.

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