Corelle Dinnerware is Made in the U.S.A.
Known worldwide for its unique features, Corelle has continued its popularity for over 40 years. At times, Corelle has actually sold faster than can be produced. Estimates now show that nearly half of all households have Corelle dinnerware in their kitchens today.
The Early Years of Corelle 1970
Scientists in the Corning Glass Works Research & Development Department developed an exclusive lamination process which thermally bonds three layers of glass. The layers include a core center encircled by top and bottom layers of what is called “skin”. The result of the lamination process is referred to as Vitrelle glass, highly known for its exceptional durability as it greatly exceeds the strength created by any single glass composition.
Embellishments are then added using special enamels that literally become part of the glass. This creates consistent designs that are scratch resistant. There is a great video below that shows the Vitrelle lamination process and how Corelle dinnerware is made.
Why Corelle Dishware and Glassware Remains So Popular
- Thin and Lightweight
- Easily Stackable and Saves Space
- Extremely Durable
- Break and Chip Resistant Under Normal Use
- Fade and Stain Resistant
- Chemical Resistant
- Dishwasher, Microwave and Oven Safe
- Non-Porous, Will Not Retain Odors
- Very Easy To Clean
My Personal Experience With Corelle
First, I must say that I LOVE CORELLE DISHES. I have used them daily in my household for over 25 years. I like how they stack to save cupboard space. They are more durable than any dishware I have ever used. The pattern I own is called the Impressions Pink Trio. I can tell you 100%, my dishes still look as good as the day I purchased them.
Over the years, as an aunt to my many nieces and nephews, I was never worried about my Corelle dishes with the little ones. In addition, I have been a caregiver to dozens of elderly people throughout the years. On many occasions, I have suggested use of Corelle dinnerware since it is so light and easily transportable from the counter to the table, etc.
Corelle's International Market
The international market for the Corelle brand is growing fast and now represents 40% of total sales. Corelle is now available in more than 30 countries. Key markets include India, Korea and China.
Corelle is offered in many different patterns and shapes sure to please any consumer. It is still manufactured at the same Pressware Manufacturing Plant in Corning, New York, although it is now owned and operated by World Kitchen, LCC.
This extremely fast production phenomenon produces up to 100 million pieces of Corelle every year.
Today, production lines including Corelle’s Livingware, Impressions, Vive and Square dishware continue to be made from what is now called Vitrelle 1. A new glass product called Vitrelle 2, goes through the same lamination process yet its core is 70% thicker than the original material.
Third Glass Melting Tank Built to Keep Up With Demand
Since its first introduction in 1970, Corelle dinnerware has been in non-stop production 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
On October 24, 2011, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of its third glass-melting tank, located in Corning, NY, which will enhance production capacity by up to 50%. This 14-month expansion project cost $50 million. When all three tanks are running at full capacity, the plant can now output 135 million pieces annually.
Discontinued Corelle Patterns
Over the years, Corelle has produced hundreds of patterns. When Corelle was sold to World Kitchen, LCC, most of the previous patterns were retired.
These retired patterns are still in demand and can be found for purchase in places like Amazon.com and eBay.
Under normal household use, Corelle will replace any Vitrelle item that breaks or chips. There is a three-year warranty on Vitrelle 1 glass as well as a five-year warranty on Vitrelle 2 glass items. Be sure to keep the item since you may be asked to return it. If you have Corelle that needs to be replaced under the warranty, please confirm this information to be sure it has not changed.
WHAT ABOUT YOU
Why Buy Corelle
Corelle dinnerware can be purchased by individual piece or in sets. They offer a beautiful array of patterns and shapes to fit your own sense of style and today's trends.
The legendary Corelle durability gives them a leading edge that cannot be offered by other brands. I love my Corelle dinnerware. I have no doubt that you will too!
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Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 08, 2016:
I love my Corelle! Thank you for some insight that I was not aware of. I have the mugs that match my set but honestly, I never use them. I like a larger coffee cup. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your feedback.
Annie on May 07, 2016:
I bought Corelle cause my other everyday dishes where getting too heavy for me. (big white square porcelain)
But the other reason is, Corelle does Not have any Lead or Cadmuim in it, Made in the USA. and it meets Prop 65.
When I got Corelle a few years ago, my Hubby thought it was plastic plates!
No, and we love them.
I bought allot from Amazon, some from walmart, and Allot of Corelle from Thrift shops for great prices..Although I'm picky about the patterns.
Mine have the Black rim, or the white with the scallop edge. Also Orchard Rose which is retired .
Btw the new mugs are made in the China. I only buy the Mugs I find in the the thrift shops that match what I have have, and that are made in the USA.
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 17, 2013:
Hi Samita ~ thank you for the vote!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 15, 2013:
Hi DiAnn~ I'm not sure about "children's dishware." But I do think they may have some lines for kids as well. I would definitely check out their website. Thank you so much for stopping by.
DiAnn on May 14, 2013:
Corelle !where are the children s fairly tale sets? Princess Style for little girls and there friends. Pink & White's would be wonderful!!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 20, 2012:
Hi CW ~ I agree, Corelle is awesome! I don't know anyone who already has Corelle and does not like it. Thanks so much for your feedback!
Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on November 19, 2012:
Corelle Dishes are AWESOME. I have never had any problems with them at all. In fact my son even dropped one and it just bounced and did not shatter or crack.
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 09, 2012:
Hi Vicki ~ I admit, I giggled when I saw "melmac." Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate you stopping by.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 09, 2012:
My mom used Corelle when I was a kid--right after she upgraded from Melmac! Great hub!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 22, 2012:
Hiya Maria ~ I miss you. Sorry I haven't been around much. So, isn't Corelle the best. I love it and enjoyed finding out some history about it. I always love when you stop by. Thank you, hope you are doing well!
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 22, 2012:
What a universal subject that conjures up so many nostalgic memories for us.
My husband and I each grew up with a different set from our Moms and we have some odd pieces that are used regularly. The china is in much more pristine shape than marcoujor, I might add... (LOL)!
The ad really did CRACK me up... voted UP & across the board.
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 07, 2012:
Hi Bobbi ~ That was so sweet of you to sell the dishes to help the kids. I have a retired pattern but still love it. Don't know what I'd do without my Corelle! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 06, 2012:
Yes I loved my dishes for years, but since I had the same pattern that so many others in my circle of friends had---two years ago, I sold them at a yard sale to help Special Needs Children. But I love the new patterns you showed us.
I enjoyed this hub very much.
I voted up.
Your Hub Friend,
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 29, 2012:
Hi HH ~ gosh, everyone seriously should have at least one set of Corelle dishware. You will love it, I promise. Thanks so much for stopping by!
HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on April 29, 2012:
Wow - I don't have any Corelle dinnerware. I usually buy what's on sale, but seeing that they're so durable and lightweight, I'll want to check them out!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 29, 2012:
Hi Margaret ~ glad to meet you. So you had Corelle when it was really new on the market. You are definitely proof that people continue to love it. I would not change using Corelle for anything either. Thank you so much for your great comments!
margaret smelt on March 29, 2012:
I have had a corelle dinner wear for since the 70s,and i need to add to the set with more plates and bowls the shell pattern looks great with what ever you seve on it and the plates are light weight,much better than the new set you see they weigh a ton and take even more space,i would not change my corelle set for any thing.
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 25, 2012:
Hello moonlake ~ I love Corelle too because it is so light and durable. I have never broken a piece but I do know that it is possible, but rare. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 25, 2012:
Hi Prasetio ~ I am so glad to hear that because I always learn so much from your hubs! Thank you for stopping by and rating too.
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 25, 2012:
Hi Audrey ~ I am so happy to hear that you appreciated this article. Thank you so much for your votes and shares too! If there is a certain pattern that may not be "shown" here, let me know. THANK YOU AGAIN, hope you are enjoying your weekend!
moonlake from America on March 24, 2012:
I love Corelle because their so light and the hold up. I did break a bowl once. Great hub.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 24, 2012:
Very informative hub and I learn many things from you. I really enjoy the video as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and take care!
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 24, 2012:
Hi Sharon - I appreciate my Corelle dishes more than ever after reading your informative and delightful hub. I had to vote up and across because you gave such an interesting historical account of this great brand of dinnerware.
I'm probably going to order more and when I do I will use your links. However, I expect an invitation to dinner served on your own Corelle :-) Sharing this on FB and more!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 22, 2012:
Hi Deb ~ Corelle was not my first dinnerware, mine was very heavy and gold, yuck. But now, Corelle is all I use except for special Christmas dishes. Thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to following you too!
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on March 22, 2012:
I grew up with Corelle and it was the first dinnerware I had when I moved to my own place. It's interesting to know a bit more about it. I look forward to following you. : )
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 18, 2012:
Hi Gail ~ Well, I guess that was many years ago that Cappy and his wife took "the tour" - but she didn't tell me how long ago it was, lol. I guess it goes to show us that Corelle lasts a really long time. Thank you for stopping by again!
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on March 18, 2012:
Cappy's wife is one of my good friends and came across your Corelle hub while reading my HP profile. She told me she left a comment here and I came back to read what she said.
It was funny to think of her and Cappy being engaged, not married yet, when they got their first set all those years ago. This really is an amazing product.
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 16, 2012:
Hi Cappys Wife ~ I am so glad you enjoyed this. I would love to go on a tour at the Corelle plant. I think it would be fascinating. Thank you so much for your feedback. Take care,
CAPPYS WIFE on March 15, 2012:
MY BOYFRIEND AND I WENT FOR A RIDE ONE DAY, WITH MY PARENTS, TO CORNING GLASSWORKS FROM NEWBURGH, NY TO TAKE A TOUR. WE LEFT WITH OUR FIRST SET OF CORELLE AS A GIFT FROM MY PARENTS... IT WAS JUST OUT ON THE CORNING SHELVES! THEY WERE THE ORIGINAL WHITE AND YES... WE STILL HAVE THEM. I DO HAVE THEM IN A BOX RIGHT NOW BUT USE DAILY MY CORELLE WITH THE FRUIT ON THEM. THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GREAT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO LIGHT AND DO NOT TAKE UP A lot OF SPACE..
THANKYOU FOR THE TRIP TO CORNING FLASH BACK IN TIME!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 14, 2012:
Tammy ~ Corelle was initially made by the Corning Glass Works company. But today, that has been sold to World Kitchens. The "how it's made" video is very cool to watch (I think). It would be an interesting tour in person for sure. Thanks for your feedback.
Hey Lord ~ You make a good point about keeping people employed. With the addition of the new glass melting tank, the number of employees continues to grow. And my niece is currently engaged. I wonder if I can get her to add Corelle to her "wish list." Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hi Gail ~ I agree, I love the fact that Corelle is so lightweight. And I love being able to use it in the microwave. I really appreciate your feedback and your votes! Thank you!
Tammy from North Carolina on March 13, 2012:
I didn't realize Corning made Corelle. I live next to a Corning facility. Very cool!
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on March 13, 2012:
I love my Corelle and use it daily for all the reasons you've stated. My favorite reason for using it is because it's so light and easy to stack (it goes without saying that it looks great.
You did a wonderful job explaining the history and the process by which Corelle is made.
Voted up, useful and interesting.
Joseph De Cross from New York on March 13, 2012:
This is wonderful. Corelle has been around for a long time. Corning has a plant near my inlaws in Charleroi PA. Besides keeping people at work, their quality is superb! Good read and a must for young future wives.
Tammy from North Carolina on March 13, 2012:
These baking dishes are the best. I received these as wedding presents long ago and try to stick with this brand. Very helpful information!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 13, 2012:
ytsenoh ~ great to see you. I agree, the production statistics are pretty staggering. That's a lot of dishware made! But it makes sense because it is a really great product. Thanks for your feedback!
Yvonne (Melovy) ~ Wow, so you've never heard of Corelle. Honestly, you are missing out on a great product. I have no idea if it is actually sold in stores in the U.K. but certainly it could be found on line. The next time one of your current dishes get broken, I believe Corelle would be a great option. Thanks so much for your fun comments.
Barb (b.Malin) ~ Thank you for your great feedback. I thought it was really cool seeing how Corelle is made too. And the poor model, well, I did think it was great advertising, ha.
Kelly (realHW) ~ Aw, thanks. See how things happen for a reason. Thank you so much for ordering through Amazon here on my page. I've never made anything on Amazon so I am looking forward to seeing how it all works out. Thank you so much sweetie, I hope you enjoy your new dishes.
Debbie (Lady Guinevere) ~ I didn't realize there was a factory in WV although I know the main factory has always been in New York. Thank you for stopping by and for your votes as well.
Marcy ~ I don't remember Melmac. My first set of dinnerware I ever owned was what you got free from obtaining stamps or whatever at the grocery store. Do you remember that? I think you had to accumulate points or something and then the cost was free or at least cheaper. The dishes were very heavy and gold and black (ugly, even back then). When I got my Corelle, I loved it. I remember selling the old dishes in a garage sale and someone did buy them, ha. My Corelle pattern is still pretty to me. I don't think I would ever buy anything else for my every day usage. Thanks so much for your comments.
Stephanie ~ Yes, you can break Corelle, but I do think it takes some effort, ha. I think it's great for kids since it is so lightweight. It works great in the microwave too. And of course, the space saving features are great for your RV traveling. I think it is funny how you and others have mentioned that you sometimes wish the Corelle would break so you have an excuse to buy a new pattern. HA! I say go ahead, treat yourself. If you are ever giving away let's say cake to a neighbor, etc., use the old plates and tell them to keep it. Thanks for your feedback Steph!
Dr. BJ ~ you silly girl. You always make me laugh. I don't know how many restaurants use Corelle, but they should. We have a Chinese buffet restaurant nearby that uses Corelle dishware. I think it's a great idea for a place like that where you have so many adults AND children walking around with plates. Anyway, wow, your mom lived to be 98. That is very cool. I think you should still hold on to her Corelle, you may be glad you did one day! Thanks for your comments always.
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR GREAT FEEDBACK. AGAIN, SORRY IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO GET BACK HERE TO RESPOND!
Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 13, 2012:
HI EVERYONE ~ I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO RESPOND TO ALL YOUR GREAT COMMENTS UNTIL NOW. I APOLOGIZE FOR HOW LONG IT HAS TAKEN BUT I DID NOT FORGET . . .
Susan H. ~ I knew someone who knew someone who knew someone and they let me use the video. And yes, of course, if I didn't leave the falling in, well, it just would not be as funny. I didn't think you'd mind. No worries, you look wonderful in the video!!! Thank you for your votes and shares.
amberld ~ Hi, I totally agree with you. For me, the lightweight feature is the best. Corelle really is great for every day use. Thank you so much for your comments.
Lisa (rusticliving) ~ Yes, there have been times when the demand for Corelle has been so great that production could not meet the demand. That definitely gives you an idea of how popular it is. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Miss Olive ~ I agree. I can say that my Corelle has definitely outlasted any other dishware I have owned. The Old Meadow pattern that your Mom has I believe is still popular as people continue to look for additional or replacement pieces. I really appreciate your great feedback and votes/shares too.
Cindy (homesteadbound) ~ HA HA, you crack me up. I love your story. Yes, Corelle does break on occasion. I do believe that it is still much more durable that any dishware out there. I remember many years ago my brother-in-law dropping Corelle dishes on the kitchen floor to see if they would break. And they did not. We were all quite impressed. Thanks Cindy for sharing your fun story.
Ruchira ~ Ha, I bet many people feel the way you do. I've had my same Corelle dishes for over 25 years. I really like my pattern but I am sure that many wish they could change theirs. Personally, I love the square Corelle dishes. But I have never spent the money to get new ones since my old set it seriously perfect - like the day I bought them. Thanks so much for your fun feedback.
sgbrown ~ YAY, so many of us that simply love our Corelle dishware. I also have not used anything but Corelle for over 25 years now. I could see Corelle dishes working great it a motorhome for SO many reasons, but especially for space constraints. I really appreciate your feedback and votes too.
drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 08, 2012:
My favorite dinnerware, Sharon, is whatever the restaurant I am dining in is using. But my lovable mother did have a set of Corelle that lasted forever (she passed away at 98) so it does have a sort of emotional attachment for me. Thanks for all this interesting information and the educational videos.
Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 08, 2012:
I used Corelle exclusively when my kids were growing up because it was so easy to store and virtually unbreakable. (Yes, you can break it if you REALLY try!) Now I have a set that we use in our RV because of it's space saving qualities. I hate plastic dishes, and Corelle fills the bill for "real" dishes that are also break resistant. But sometimes I wish they would break so I would have an excuse to get one of the pretty new patterns!
Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on March 07, 2012:
I had a set for years (after I upgraded from Melmac - remember that stuff?). The Corelle stayed pretty and if you got a neutral pattern, it still looks okay after many years. I have a few pieces of it left, after passing some along to one of my kids. If I'm going to microwave a plate of food, I use that rather than something that might not hold up as well.
Great hub - voted up and interesting.
Debra Allen from West By God on March 07, 2012:
Yes I have these in my kitchen. There is also a factory in my area in Martinsburg, WV. Voted up and Interesting.
Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 07, 2012:
Hey Sharyn - very cool! I do not have one piece left - and I'm going to take advantage of the links and get some more here! Lol. I was just looking at walmart and it was about 40 - 50 dollars for a 16 piece set...I need at least 2 of those...I didn't think that was too high at all but the set I wanted only had one box left...I didn't want to end up with mismatched sets.
And! Wow! I'm going to save like 50 bucks - thanks and now I'm so glad they were out of the green/blue pattern I wanted - I was annoyed but hey guess it was a good thing!!
b. Malin on March 07, 2012:
Yes, I too grew up with Corelle and still have a set that I won YEARS ago when I worked for Avon. Fun, Interesting Hub Sharon, Fun seeing how the Dishes are made. And yes, that Commercial is a Hoot. But falling is not for EVERYONE, that poor Model!
Yvonne Spence from UK on March 07, 2012:
I’ve never heard of Corelle before, but I don’t think there’s much of it in the UK. We could do with it in our house, given how often plates get broken! At least I don’t have Ruchira’s problem of being bored with the dinnerware!
An interesting hub Sharyn.
Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on March 06, 2012:
Well, this was an interesting hub because I remember when I used these dishes and they were convenient at the time because they wouldn't break and they were stackable friendly. The statistics you reference regarding production annually is pretty interesting. Good for the company and its profits! Thanks much.
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 06, 2012:
I'm with you! I LOVE my Corelle dinner ware! I have used nothing but Corelle for the last 25 years. In that time, I think my husband broke 1 plate. I still use my first set in my motorhome. It is so light weight and durable, just can't be beat! Voted up, and useful. Have a wonderful day! :)
Ruchira from United States on March 06, 2012:
Corelle is in my kitchen and it is so sturdy that I have got bored of it's pattern and it still does not fade or crack ;)
this is one sturdy dinnerware...Love it but wish it would not last so long that I cannot buy any other dinnerware...LOL
good hub, Sharyn.
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on March 06, 2012:
I have had corelle for a long time, for more than 20 years, but I have not had a complete set for almost that long as well. You see, I got a little confused. In your article above, it says that it is chip resistant, well I took that a little further. One day while I was doing the dishes in the kitchen, and my husband was in the dining room, I decided to get cute. I really thought they were unbreakable, but that thought was soon to change. I called to my husband and said that these dishes were unbreakable, and sailed it across the room like a Frisbie, attempting to bounce it off the floor halfway between us. After he looks at me in amazement for throwing the plate, he is cringing behind the table trying to block the flying pieces. Needless to say, it has been at least 20 years and I have yet to live that one down.
Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on March 06, 2012:
That video cracked me up! LOL, but it still didn't crack the Corelle. I have two sets of Corelle dishes and they have outlasted my more expensive wedding dishes. The designs are more stylish these days and they are definitely practical. My mom still has a set of her old Meadow Pattern.
Thanks for sharing this neat and informative hub. Voted up and sharing!
Liz Rayen from California on March 06, 2012:
I love Corelle! I have a nice set for my every day use! Wonderful Hub Sharyn! I remember when it was hard to get it because it sold faster than they could make it! Voted up and shared! Great graphics!
Amber White from New Glarus, WI on March 06, 2012:
I love my Correlle dishes! They are wonderful, durable and lightweight. We use them all the time, we prefer to use them over our other dishes as they are way to heavy for daily use. Voted up!
Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on March 06, 2012:
I grew up with Corelle! I use it every day in my home with husband and kids. You can't beat it! Now, how did you get my old Corelle modeling video - and did you have to leave in the shot of me falling? LOL
Great Hub! Votes and shares!! :-)