After writing about my suribachi set/mortar and pestle, someone asked:
What is your opinion of tableware (plates, bowls, etc.) that is made in China? Do you think it's safe? The last time I looked at dishes, everything seemed to be made there, and I didn't know.
I have not done much research on dinnerware options (unlike our cookware!) simply because the need hasn't arisen. Before we were married, we were given a set of Corelle dishes (second-hand), and in the past year we have added to that set to accommodate more mouths eating at each meal. ;)
The Corelle website has this to say about their manufacturing:
All CORELLE® Vitrelle® glass dinnerware is manufactured in the USA at the same Corning, New York factory where it has been made since the line was launched in 1970. Hearthstone stoneware lines are sourced elsewhere.
In short, I believe this translates to most/all Corelle glass (not stoneware) plates and bowls being USA-manufactured.
We LOVE our Corelle dinnerware! We have this Winter Frost White Corelle set (pictured at top). Note that the stoneware mugs in that set are not made in the USA.
My top 5 things to love about Corelle:
1. The plates and bowls stack very compactly in my kitchen cupboard. In a small kitchen this is such a space-saver!!
2. The dishes are light and easy to handle.
3. The dishes don't break or chip easily. In the nearly 8 years of heavy use, I think we have broken 2 pieces.
4. For food photography purposes, I love the bright white Corelle plates! I know it isn't very artistic or unique, but I can almost always get a good clear shot of the food on the plate.
5. The Corelle dishes don't chip or crack like stoneware would, but yet are MUCH nicer than plastic. I also like to use a Corelle dinner plate as a "lid" on my scrambled egg pan in the mornings, which pre-heats the plate so I can serve my husband a hot plate of steaming food!
I honestly can't think of anything negative about the Corelle dinnerware, but that could be because I've not used any other options extensively...
Do any of you have dinnerware recommendations to share, particularly dinnerware made in the USA? :)