Vintage Corning Corelle dishes from the 70s & 80s are plates full of memories: See dozens of vintage patterns

Vintage Corning Corelle dishes from the 70s-80s

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Whether new or classic, millions still love these vintage Corelle dishes from the Corning company (also behind Pyrex & Corningware). Here, see some of the dish patterns available during the 70s & 80s!

If you love these, don’t miss this: Update your old Corelle patterns with one of these 15 popular, vintage-inspired dinnerware sets – now without lead!

Never has a set of dishes done so much for so little (1974)

Corelle Livingware by Corning is translucent. Like fine china. It’s tougher than china or earthenware. The pattern won’t wear off in the dishwasher. No matter how hot the water gets. 

Corelle Livingware Corning

  • Corelle Livingware by Corning is translucent. Like fine China.
  • The pattern won’t wear off in a dishwasher. No matter how hot the water gets.
  • Cups stack without teetering. Take up less room.
  • It’s tougher than china or earthenware.
  • Corelle is so light, and stacks so easily, you can carry a full set to the table.
  • It even rings like China.
  • We designed a handle that keeps your husband’s big fingers away from the bowl, so they can’t get burned.
  • It’s more than just oven-proof, it’s microwave oven-proof.

Even if you should manage to break one of our dishes, well never break our promise. The Corning Promise  — Corning promises to replace without charge any piece of Corelle Livingware that should break, craze, chip or stain during two years of normal household use.

A 20-piece service for 4 starts at $19.95.* Or buy it by the piece.

Livingware by Corning

[PRICING FROM 1974] *Corelle Livingware costs from $19.95 to $23.95, depending on pattern, and is available in Winter Frost White, Snowflake Blue, Spring Blossom Green, Butterfly Gold and Old Town Blue. Corelle is a registered trademark of Corning Glass Works, Corning, New York, USA

Vintage ’70s Corelle dish patterns from the seventies

Corelle dish patterns from the seventies

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Pyrex Ware: Old Town Blue (early 1970s)

Vintage Corningware Corelle c1973

Corelle Expressions Livingware (1977)

Delicious dishes fresh from the garden: Meadow – Blue Heather – April – Indian Summer patterns

Corelle Expressions Livingware (1977)

Corelle Expressions Livingware (1978)

Wildflower decoration plates, cups, baking dishes, coffee pot, casseroles & more

Corelle Expressions Livingware plates and dishes (1978) - Wildflower

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Vintage do-it-yourself Corelle dish sets (1978)


Design a set of Corelle Livingware you’ll have for years. Or add to the Livingware you’ve had for years.

With this handy, do-it-yourself planner, a set of CORELLE Livingware can be anything you want it to be. A boxed 20-piece service for four. An unboxed service for eight. Or a complete service for 12, with two sugar and creamer sets.

You can keep everything in the same pattern. Or mix patterned dishes with white accessories. Or vice versa. And don’t worry about your pattern being discontinued. Even if it is, well stock it for at least two years after.

Vintage Corning Corelle dish sets from 1978 (2)

To use this planner, simply fill in how many pieces you want in the box next to the item and pattern of your choice. Then take this page to your dealer.

No matter what you choose, it’s all the same CORELLE Livingware. The incredibly-tough dishes with the look, feel and “ring” of china. CORELLE Livingware by Corning. We designed the dishes. You design the set. Tested and recommended for microwave use by Corning.

Vintage Corelle dishes shown: Serving platters – Large plate – Medium plate – Small plate – 10-ounce bowl – 18-ounce bowl – 1 quart serving bowl – 2 quart serving bowl – Saucer – Stack cup – Sugar and creamer set

MORE: See the classic original Crock-Pot Slow Cookers from the 70s

Vintage Corning Corelle dish sets from 1978 (3)

Vintage Corning Corelle dish sets from 1978 (1)

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Butterfly gold Corelle Livingware and glassware from 1979

Butterfly gold Corelle Livingware and glassware from 1979

Vintage Corning Corelle Traditions dishes – Plates, bowls, cups (1981)

Four new traditions that will last for years: Our new Corelle Traditions livingware carries on the traditions we’ve always upheld.

Beauty. And durability. Each piece resists chipping, fading, breaking and staining. And the patterns are classic, right down to the matching, easy-to-handle cups. So bring new Traditions dinnerware to your table. You’ll find it will last for years. Corning – Corelle Traditions

Vintage Corning Corelle Traditions dishes - Plates, bowls, cups (1981)

America’s old favorite cookware now goes with America’s new favorite dinnerware

The famous Pyrex Ware women have loved since 1916 and the Corelle Livingware they’ve loved since 1971 have just gotten together.

Now Pyrex Ware comes to your table in those three beautiful Corelle Livingware patterns you’ve been buying by the millions. Spring Blossom Green. Snowflake Blue. And Butterfly Gold.

And not just in Pyrex brand bakeware. In bowl sets. Bakeware. Salt & Pepper Sets. Drinkware. And even a covered butter dish.

Which means, from now on, everything you bake with and serve from go together perfectly. At a perfect price ($1.49 and up). Pyrex Ware Compatibles and Corelle Livingware. Both from Corning.

A new old favorite is about to begin in America. Pyrex-brand Compatibles. They look like Corelle Livingware.

DON’T MISS: Remember these popular 1970s Libbey glasses, with groovy retro patterns & styles?

Vintage Corning Corelle and cookware 1972

Woodland Corelle livingware from Corning

Corelle - Corningware dishes - Vintage from 1980s (3)

Corningware dishes from Joy detergent (1982)

Corning dishes from Joy detergent (1982)

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Corelle Dinnerware from 1984

Everyone knows about the legendary durability of Corelle dinnerware. But you may not know that now Corelle dinnerware has more beautiful patterns than ever before.

Choose from florals in a wide variety of color schemes. Or select from an equally impressive array of contemporary dinnerware with color-coordinated bands. But there’s more…

Patterns shown below: A. Cinnamon, B. Slate, C. Heather, D. Morning Blue, E. Old Town Blue, F. Indian Summer, G. Forget-Me-Not, H. Meadow, I. Oriental Wood, J. Floral Spray, K. Solitary, L. Colonial Mist. Additional patterns available

Retro Corning Corelle from 1984

Corningware: 1 billion dishes – and counting

By Tom Page, Star-Gazette (Elmira, New York) March 1, 1984

CORNING, NEW YORK — As whistles tooted at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday — or thereabouts, depending on how you set your watch — the Corning Glass Works Pressware Plant set its lofty sights on two billion.

What else can it do after turning out one billion pieces of Corelle dinnerware? The plant did just that at about yesterday afternoon, celebrating the event by blowing its own whistle.

Asked at a press conference if he was now going for two billion, plant manager Gary K. Emmick smiled and said, “Yes, starting today.”

When asked for a dollar estimate on a billion pieces of Corelle, Emmick shrugged and said, “I haven’t got one off the top of my head, but it’s big.”

He wasn’t asked for an estimate of how many meals had been served on all that Corelle ware.

Corningware Corelle plates from 1981 (2)

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Emmick and Alan F. Donnelly, director of consumer information, held a ceremony for the media in the Pressware Plant auditorium to commemorate the occasion.

Local newspaper, radio and television people were given safety goggles and earplugs, then escorted on a tour of the facility, which employs 575 persons.

Accompanying them were Earl Givin, president of Local 1000, American Flint Glass Workers Union; Kenneth Jobe, plant manufacturing engineer; and Richard Jack, product superintendent.

“That’s a big number, and we’re very proud of that,” Emmick said in his opening remarks.

Market researchers claim Corelle dinnerware is in one of four American households, said Emmick.

Corningware 1 billion dishes - and counting 1984

From its start with Corelle Livingware in 1970, said Emmick, the plant has progressed to two new lines: the earthenware look of CornerStone, and ComCor commercial ware marketed in hotels, resorts, hospitals, schools and restaurants.

Emmick said CornerStone “will be a major segment of our production in years to come.” He added that ComCor “has almost taken over the market.”

The Pressware Plant was built in 1938 for Pyrex baking ware, producing millions of pressed ovenware items for 10 years. Then it produced television bulbs and bulb funnels until 1969.

Corningware Corelle plates from 1981 (1)

On the tour of the plant, reporters saw long lines of conveyor belts carrying plates, cups and dishes, being stamped with trademarks, and placed in automated machines that painted on the designs.

They also viewed a gigantic melting tank and a large control room filled with gauges to monitor quality control.

Emmick pointed to a huge sign bearing what looked like colored traffic lights, which he said will tell him if certain items aren’t up to snuff.

Corningware Corelle Livingware 1983

MORE: Lenox Temper-ware informal dinnerware sets from the ’70s came in 8 patterns

Discover Corelle for ’86

Corelle for 86 - Vintage plates and dishware (1)

Vintage Corelle Cornerstone

If you mistake it for stoneware, you’ll miss its real beauty.

Corelle for 86 - Vintage plates and dishware (5)

Corelle Livingware (1986)

Great-looking fashions that can take what you dish out.

Now Livingware has great new patterns to suit your style. Whiever you choose is a pleasure to live with every day… Choose from 12 attractive styles, all with a new microwavable mug.

Corelle for 86 - Vintage plates and dishware (2)

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Retro Corning dishes: Corelle Natural Images

They won’t lose their natural good looks

Discover the Natural Images collection. It’s designed with the natural earth-toned look of stoneware. And while it adds new elegance to entertaining, it also lives up to the knocks of everyday life.

Corelle for 86 - Vintage plates and dishware (3)

From 1986: New Corelle Design Images

Fashion plates that keep their image.

Corelle for 86 - Vintage plates and dishware (4)

Meet the new face of Corelle: Pacifica (1987)

from the looks on the front, you’ll never guess the name on the back.

Vintage Corelle Pacifica pattern plates from 1987

NOW SEE THIS: Update your old Corelle patterns with one of these 15 popular, vintage-inspired dinnerware sets – now without lead!

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17 Responses

  1. When my brother got married in 1988, his bride to be registered for the Corelle “Morning Blue” pattern. I honestly think they still use those dishes to this DAY. Which is a testament to how long-lasting they are; my husband and I married in 1999 and I think we’re on our third set of inexpensive stoneware [did not register for very much, since we both had fully furnished apartments and our own dishes]; we did register for burgundy stoneware at Target and only got the bowls. TWELVE of them. Have not been able to find stoneware to match them in lo these 21 years…

  2. My parents STILL HAVE “Butterfly Gold” dishes! They probably got them after they got married in the early 70s. I grew up eating on them. And when I go home I still do! So it’s very fun to see the advertisements for them.

    1. And they have dangerously high levels of lead and other toxic metals in that pattern and many others . Any Corelle before 2005 should only be used for display per Corelle.

  3. We are still using our Indian Summer dishware daily that we received as a wedding present in 1977. My husband just dropped/broke one of our plates and feels terrible. Is there any place that we could obtain a replacement for this 10 1/4″ dinner plate? If so, please also let me know what the cost and shipping would be to obtain one. Thank you!

    1. Try eBay for replacing that broken dish! I just got some replacements for my broken Blue Heather plates from someone on eBay.

    2. Go check I sell just about every pattern in corelle at affordable replacement prices. Just search for Indian Summer Corelle in the search bar :) KitKatsThisNThat

    3. There’s a company called it’ll cost you a pretty penny because they buy it store it and save 500 different patterns from like the last five decades but it’s awesome if you need something like that

    4. Etsy is a great place to check. 2SistersTreasuresToo and 2SistersTreasuresCo have offered many of the Corelle patterns. Of course it depends on stock at the time one is looking but they have been a great source for vintage items.

    5. If you have the Google app on your phone, you can use Google Lens to take a picture of something you want to search for, and it will find matching pictures of it. When we were cleaning out my aunt’s house several years ago, I used Google Lens to do searches on some of her random collectibles to see if they had any value (in most cases, they didn’t). But if you’re a buyer, it will point you toward people who are selling what you’re looking for.

  4. Possibly try searching random thrift stores in your area. I am building an Indian Summer set piece by piece with thrift store finds. I usually pay $0.25-$1.00 for each piece.

    1. I know what you mean! I bought some open stock Corelle, by Corningware dishes in 1985 or 1986 from Zeller’s, in Canada. They were on clearance $1.00 each, no matter the size. I bought 8 of each item: luncheon plates, cereal bowls & what I call soup plates. They are larger, flatter, shallow bowls suitable for spaghetti, stews or chili con carne. My husband dropped 1 of the cereal bowls. I believed Corelle was unbreakable so I packaged up the broken bowl & mailed it to the manufacturer.

      They sent me a replacement cereal bowl that had 1 pale blue stripe with a thinner grey stripe, inside it. They included a note that stated they had NEVER seen this 2 thin blue stripe pattern!
      If you research vintage Corelle patterns; there’s 1 called Colonial Mist. It has the 2 stripes but also has a floral design in the middle of the plate. I seen to be the only person I know that has these plates.

  5. I have a question for anyone on here. I bought a pattern , I believe it was called Ribbons and Bows. Has anyone heard of this one. I know I had it and maybe I have the pattern name wrong.

  6. Would like to find these Corelle dishes. Any advice?
    Yellow flowers with a green rim. Not a busy pattern. Just a few yellow flowers

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