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My First Dinnerware - Vintage Corelle

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Pretty Corelle Dinnerware Was My First Home Purchase

Vintage Corelle dinnerware will always have a special place in my heart, especially the 1970s Meadow pattern.

When I first moved out of my parents' house (okay, it was just down the road), I picked out my first set of dinnerware. It was the Meadow pattern by Corning Ware.

Of course, it wasn't vintage when I bought it, new at the store. This will date me, because Meadow was one of the first patterns that was made in Corelle -- at the time, the latest, high-tech material by Corning. Previous to that time, Corning dinnerware was made in Centura.

Centura and Corelle are materials called pyroceram, a combination of ceramic and glass components, melted at very high temperatures to form a resilient and homogeneous substance.

Pyroceram was developed to use as nosecones for missiles and for the space program, applications that require strength and resistance to extreme heat.

At the time I got my first place, the Apollo 11 moon landing was less than 10 years in the past.

We might take it for granted today, but then, how cool was that, to have dishes made from something that started life as a research project to help humans travel into space!

Photos by kimbesa

Charming Corelle in the Meadow Pattern - Vintage Dinnerware in Spring Colors

Corelle dinnerware Meadow pattern

Corelle dinnerware Meadow pattern

I chose this pattern because it is cheerful, and has several colors to pick up if you want to mix and match your table setting. You can go far with a selection that includes blue, pink, green and yellow.

This is the vintage, 1970s Meadow pattern. There's a more recent pattern, also called Meadow, which has different shapes and colors. This modern version was made from about 2006 to 2009, and has a lot more pink in the motif.

Corelle in Meadow - If You're Hunting, Check Online Sources

If you want to build a set of vintage dinnerware, it is easy enough if you look into local and online sources.

In the case of Meadow by Corelle, note that there are several patterns with similar names, like English Meadow and Summer Meadow, as well as the 1970s version of Meadow, that you might see. Who might have a tough time deciding on which is your favorite!

Meadow by Corelle on YouTube - My Own Video About Corelle and Corning Ware

I've got an opinion...I like this dinnerware! And if you're going to search for vintage Corelle to use and enjoy, I've got some tips of what to look for. The same goes for the mixing bowls, casserole dishes and other Pyrex glass pieces that you might find, of similar vintage.

Happy to Know You Stopped By! - What Was Your First Dinnerware?

Duck on January 01, 2020:

Many errors. You should not write about something you don’t know about. Pyroceram is glass ceramic. Not glass or ceramic. Corelle is three layers of tempered glass. Research!!

kimbesa (author) from USA on February 17, 2014:

@Frischy: Sorry to hear about those dishes! I never mark anything fragile anymore. Learned that in shipping. There are trolls who handle boxes. I hope you can replace them with the same pattern someday, if you wish.

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Frischy from Kentucky, USA on February 16, 2014:

My first dishes were some my grandmother gave to me. They were her dishes when she married my grandfather. I took good care of them, but one time when I moved someone set a heavy box of books on top of the box clearly marked "fragile." Almost all of the dishes were crushed. It happened almost 20 years ago and I am still sad about it.

anonymous on April 12, 2013:

Its fun to stop by here again. Corelle makes excellent dinnerware. :)

john9229 on February 04, 2013:

Very nice dinnerware. Good gifts idea.

WriterJanis2 on January 28, 2013:

Such a pretty pattern.

JudyJMick on January 21, 2013:

I love Corelle dishes! I've been using different patterns for the 30 years I've been married. Right now - I'm partial to the plain white. Then, I can play with different placemats.

Kumar P S on July 30, 2012:

Nice collection ! Thanks for sharing.

BestRatedStuff on July 23, 2012:

Its wonderful learning how the material and plates came about. They have sure passed the test of time.

Michey LM on April 03, 2012:

Yes, I remember that dinnerware, it is a classic now, and Corelle keep improving and producing an amazing number of new patterns.

Love the lens and presentation

CherylsArt on July 12, 2011:

My first dinnerware was also Corelle, and I have owned several other Corelle sets since. They're a great choice.

miaponzo on June 04, 2011:

My first dinnerware was also Corelle, purchased directly from the Corning Glassworks factory store! :)

anonymous on May 08, 2011:

The Corelle Meadow pattern always reminds me of walking through a meadow of flowers. Corelle dinnerware certainly has stood the test of time.

shandigp on April 19, 2011:

My first dinnerware I received from my mother (I think it was her & my dad's first dinnerware): the Corelle blue cornflowers pattern. We still use them as everyday dinnerware in addition to some stoneware plates for nicer meals and guests.

anonymous on April 17, 2011:

I still like the old Corelle patterns better than the new. That also goes for Tupperware.

Kimberly Hiller from Chicago on April 15, 2011:

I didn't know it was made because of the space program. That's really cool (it kind of reminds me of how duct tape started). Great informaion

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on April 02, 2011:

I never had Corel but sure found it interesting to read where the material came from. Lensrolled to my Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. I enjoyed my visit here. Thank you.

carredsal on April 01, 2011:

O' Wow! My Mom had the same pattern.....O' the memories..Thank you:)

anonymous on March 24, 2011:

Corelle! Great Stuff

blanckj on March 19, 2011:

I had my great-great grandmother's dishes left to me by my grandfather before he passed away. I don't know what they are. Perhaps I should look. Needless to say, they sit in the china cabinet since they are so old, but they are soo pretty.

Susan300 on March 13, 2011:

Such beautiful patterns. Great lens. :)

LissaKlar LM on March 08, 2011:

Pfaltzgraf Heritage pattern. I love Corelle patterns also. Beautiful patterns on this lens.

rlivermore on February 22, 2011:

I learned a lot from this! I love Corelle. It is always what I recommend as a good set of dishes. They don't cost a lot, look nice and last pretty much forever. I actually recently bought a white set (two sets, actually to equal service for 8). It's simple and elegant, and since it is white, I can go with whatever color I want with placemats, napkins, etc. Love it!

clouda9 lm on February 22, 2011:

First off...Happy Birthday to Diary of a Dishie :) This first dinnerware lens featuring Corelle's Meadow design is spectacular. From your personal recommendation to your video and every special touch in between, this is a shining star Dishes/Dinnerware category lens. My [Dishes&Dinnerware] Angel Blessing today is SWAH and featured on

Wendy Henderson from PA on February 17, 2011:

beautiful pattern.

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on February 17, 2011:

Unknown to me as being a Dutchie, but it's lovely dinnerware. Mine is old too, it's from a special Dutch factory that doesn't exist anymore and it has a sfinx as a mark.

Julianne Gentile from Cleveland, Ohio, US on February 14, 2011:

How wonderful! I collect old Corelle, too. I have been collecting the Old Town Blue pattern as it matches the Blue Nordic dishes I received from my Grandmother when she passed. The old corelle mugs and accessory pieces are just great. Blessed!

Lady Gotrocks on February 12, 2011:

I have the Corelle dinnerware Ivy pattern. I still have every piece I bought years ago! The stuff is indistructible! Great lens! Blessed

BuckHawkcenter on February 12, 2011:

What a great pattern. And you're right about the multi-colored combo. That's what I like to do is mix and match my colors, especially napkins. Wonderful addition to the Jenga Tower!

Wanda Fitzgerald from Central Florida on February 11, 2011:

I had the plain Corelle white dishes. I love them because they are lightweight. I am so finicky about what I eat and drink from and the weight of the plates just seemed to stick with me. That was a long time ago though, I can't remember what I did with them. Yours are much prettier. And I wish I could get up the nerve to make a video. You did great.

anonymous on February 11, 2011:

My first dishes were Corelle too, but I must be just a little older because mine were the Butterfly Gold...I actually still have them and use them. Great addition to the Jenga 2 game!

ohcaroline on February 11, 2011:

You are indeed a true dishie. Great lens. I learned a lot from you. :)

Robin S from USA on February 11, 2011:

What a pretty set. I love your blog too. Very unique!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on February 11, 2011:

My first dinnerware was Correlle too! It wasn't as pretty as yours. It was that brown pattern that blended to a beige in the center but was dark on the edges. I even had those Visions pans made by the same company!

capriliz lm on February 11, 2011:

This set reminds me of my first dinnerware set I had when I was first married a "few" years ago.

javr from British Columbia, Canada on February 11, 2011:

I recall a series of plates that was given away by a gas station chain in the 1970s.

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on February 11, 2011:

Love the video!

ChemKnitsBlog2 on February 11, 2011:

I'm a huge Corning buff, but that's mainly because I would order a lot of their products for my lab :) Great lens!

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