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Plates full of memories: Vintage Corning Corelle Livingware & Expressions dish sets from the ’70s & 80s

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Corelle Expressions Livingware (1977)

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

Corelle Expressions Livingware (1977)


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

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

*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

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Corelle Expressions Livingware (1978)

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

Corelle Expressions Livingware plates and dishes (1978) - Wildflower


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

Our new Corelle Traditions livingware carries on the traditions we’ve always upheld. Beauty. And durability.

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Pyrex Ware: Old Town Blue (early 1970s)

Vintage Corningware Corelle c1973

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Corningware dishes from Joy detergent (1982)

Corning dishes from Joy detergent (1982)


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.

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.

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

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