The Corelle line of tempered glass dishware and glassware was introduced by Corning in 1970. The Corelle brand (along with Corning Ware and Pyrex) is now owned by World Kitchen.
The earlier versions of the Corelle product line can be be purchased at many Etsy vintage stores.
As of today, there are 3,423 Corelle related items for sale on Etsy.
I spotted these Corelle bowl sets at the main aisles of our local Target store recently…
Seeing Corelle at Target made me curious if World Kitchen will also reintroduce the popular (past) designs in the Corelle line — as they did for the popular Corning Ware Blue Cornflower line.
The bowls sold at the Target store were plain white, and the World Kitchen website — as of today — offered what looked to be completely new, modern patterns. However, a search tag of “Corelle” on the Target.com website listed 96 items — in white and in a number of new patterns.
The newer Corelle patterns are pretty.
It seems with the ease in getting new Corelle pieces, whether at Target or other retailers, or through the Target and World Kitchen websites, it is inevitable that pricing (and desirability) of Corelle vintageobjects will be affected.
New designs are great for new generation Corelle fans, but perhaps not so good for sellers of vintage Corelle items.
Just something to be mindful of if you like and sell Corelle in your Vintage Shop, in case you find your Corelle inventory sitting in the shop longer than you anticipated.
If you use Corelle products, do you own new or vintage patterns?
And if you have an Etsy store, have you seen a change related to selling your vintage Corelle pieces?
We still use our vintage Corningware petite casserole pans in the “Blue Cornflower” design made from Pyroceram, and I continue to see a variety of Corning Ware products with this design for sale on Etsy and EBay.
In the process of researching the difference between Corningware, Pyrex and Corelle (see previous post) I noticed that World Kitchens — who now owns these product lines — reintroduced this design in the 3L casserole size.
From their website:
And accompanying information about its features and the Pyroceram material…
While my little casseroles dishes were all made in the U.S.A., Information on the World Kitchen website Question & Answer section notes that the new ones are now made in France.
Is this a way to gauge the age of a collection?
While smaller sizes of the Blue cornflower pans are easier to find, the larger ones — like the one listed on my Etsy store below — are less common.
I wonder if the older era casseroles in this Blue Cornflower design will still be collectible, especially as other sizes are re-introduced…
The Pyrex brand and line of specialty glass for laboratory and kitchen use was introduced by Corning in 1915.
Here is interesting information about the history of Pyrex from the World Kitchen website:
Corning Ware / CorningWare®
Corning introduced the CorningWare brand in 1958, as cooking ware resistant to heat and shock.
Interestingly, it was a material discovered by accident by a researcher working in Corning’s R&D division.
Excerpt from a Wikipedia article:
In 1953 S. Donald Stookey of the Corning Research and Development Division discovered Pyroceram, a white glass-ceramic material capable of withstanding a thermal shock (sudden temperature change) of up to 450 °C (840 °F), by accident.
He was working with photosensitive glass and placed a piece into a furnace planning on heating it to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
When he checked on his sample the furnace was at 900 degrees and the glass had turned milky white. He reached into the furnace with tongs to discard the sample and it slipped and hit the floor without shattering.
The material was used in the ballistic missile program as a heat-resistant material for nose cones. (More here)
The Corelle brand of tempered glass dishware and glassware was introduced by Corning in 1970. Made from a material called “Vitrelle”, it consisted of glass laminated into 3 layers.