Corelle dinnerware was first issued in 1970. It was originally manufactured by Corning Glass Works and is made from Vitrelle glass, a durable substance that was invented by Corning scientists. Corelle dinnerware is notable for being light and versatile and difficult to scratch, break, chip or stain. While no other companies use a lightweight glass like Corelle's Vitrelle, there are brands of dinnerware that are comparable in durability and versatility.
Denby began making stoneware items for the kitchen in 1809, starting with bottles and jars and progressing to pie dishes and jelly moulds in the 1920s. In the 1950s, Denby shifted its focus to tableware. Denby's stoneware is vitrified, or made into a glassy material, and is chip-resistant. Denby also makes porcelain tableware, which is similar in durability to stoneware but is more translucent and a natural white colour with blue and grey tones. The company's tableware is safe for use in the oven, microwave and freezer, although sudden temperature changes should be avoided to prevent breakage. Denby tableware can also be washed in the dishwasher, but using liquid detergent is recommended.
Fiesta dinnerware, manufactured by the Homer Laughlin China Company, was first issued in 1936, discontinued in 1973, then reissued in 1986. It is notable for the wide range of colours available and since it is sold by the piece, it is possible to mix and match different colours. Fiesta is one of the most sought after brand of dinnerware in the world. While heavier than Corelle, the current version of Fiesta dinnerware is made from glazed ceramic that is fully vitrified, making it resistant to chipping and staining. It can be used in the oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher. Vintage Fiesta dinnerware, made before 1986, were glazed with lead and should not be used in the microwave as excessive heat can cause the lead to leach into food.
Emile Henry is a French company that has been producing ceramic dinnerware and bakeware from Burgundy clay since 1850. This dinnerware is able to withstand sudden temperature changes and can go directly from the freezer to the oven. Since lead-free glazing is used, it is safe for use in the microwave. The glazing is also very hard, making the dinnerware chip-resistant and difficult to break. The vivid colours of the company's dinnerware is resistant to fading and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Emile Henry offers a 10-year warranty against breakage due to defective workmanship for all of its products -- except its pizza stone.