Corelle Profile: English Morn, Pacifica, Pastel Bouquet,
Shadow Iris, Veranda (1986)
Over a 12 month period in the mid-1980s, Corning sought to revitalize Corelle's overall brand image with new product lines, new shapes and dozens of new patterns, segmented into a three-tiered pricing strategy of Good, Better, Best. The re-staging was complete mid-1986 with the launch of the Occasions line, offered at the highest price point. All five Occasions patterns use the standard rimmed plate shape with a white background.
Veranda, Pacifica, Pastel Bouquet, English Morn, Shadow Iris. Image from 1986 catalogue.
Pacifica, Shadow Iris and Veranda were the first to employ a brand new decorating technology capable of printing a contiguous design across the entire surface of the plate, including the steep transition to the rim. The designs of English Morn and Pastel Bouquet are confined to the centre of the plate instead, with two coloured bands on the rim and edge. Pacifica and Shadow Iris have one coloured band just on the edge.
The ability to run a coloured band around the very edge of the plate also was an innovation, and it seems that this method improved over time. Coloured bands on newer pieces are right on the edge, while bands on older pieces are a bit further in, leaving a white margin.
Porcelain cups, Pastel Bouquet.
Bowls and saucers were decorated only with matching coloured bands. With this product line a new rimmed shape for the soup/cereal bowl was introduced. It is one inch wider than the coupe bowl style, but with the same capacity. Dessert bowls and serving bowls kept the usual coupe shape.
(Photo: English Morn close-up.)
Initially sets included porcelain cups with a new narrow and tapered shape that was designed specifically for the Occasions line. This cup style would evolve to Suprema, Corning Ware and then stoneware, so for the longest-lived patterns, cups of differing materials exist.
Cream & sugar sets for the Occasions line were also a distinctive new shape and made of porcelain. Many came with a Made in Japan label, as the original cups did. Once this tapered style was discontinued, the newer rounded stoneware type from the Corelle Coordinates line would be offered in Shadow Iris.
Pacifica side plate, saucer and porcelain cup.
Pastel Bouquet Corning Ware debuted in 1985, before the Corelle version appeared. A wide selection of matching Corning Ware was available in Pastel Bouquet & Shadow Iris. Regular square Corning Ware shapes were made in sizes ranging from 2¾ cup Petite Pans to 5 Qt casseroles. Other items include teapots and roasters. Menu-ette sets and larger long-handled saucepans also exist in Shadow Iris.
Of these initial Occasions patterns, Shadow Iris is by far the most popular, and is still in production now. Veranda was last available in 1992. English Morn was dropped quickly in late 1986 or early 1987. Pacifica and Pastel Bouquet disappeared sometime between 1987 & 1992, and it seems that Pacifica remained for a longer period than Pastel Bouquet.
Veranda: Bowl, Cup & Saucer, Cream & Sugar. The cup is made of Suprema glass-ceramic, the sugar bowl and creamer are porcelain.
A different selection of Shadow Iris is decorated overseas for other markets and it is possible to find many non-standard pieces with a full decoration, and no coloured band at all. These include: divided plates, 28 oz, 12 oz, 6 oz deep bowls, rimmed 4 oz bowl, shallow 6¾" bowl, flat-rim soup plate, among others. On the domestic market, this pattern became available on square Corelle shapes in 2009.
Pastel Bouquet is also a current pattern overseas and these pieces are decorated quite differently from the original version. Plates & bowls are coupe, and the pattern circles the rim, with no coloured band on the edge. It is also offered with a square plate style in that market.
Shadow Iris P-43 Petite Pan, Pastel Bouquet P-104 teapot.
Dinner Plate (10¼")
Luncheon Plate (9")
Side Plate (7¼")
Pie Plate (10¼") - Shadow Iris
Saucer (6¼") ‡
Porcelain Occasions Cup (8 oz)
Suprema Occasions Cup (8 oz) - Shadow Iris, Veranda
Corning Ware Occasions Cup (8 oz) - Shadow Iris
Stoneware Occasions Cup (8 oz) - Shadow Iris
Occasions Cream & Sugar (tapered, porcelain)
Coordinates Cream & Sugar (rounded, stoneware) - Shadow Iris
Dessert Bowl (10 oz, 5-3/8") ‡
Rimmed Soup/Cereal Bowl (18 oz, 7¼") ‡
Soup Bowl (8½", coupe, shallow) ‡ - Shadow Iris
Deep Bowl (28 oz, 6¼") ‡ - Shadow Iris
1 Qt Serving Bowl (8½") ‡
Oval Platter (12½")
‡ - coloured bands:
English Morn = 2 grey bands; Pacifica = taupe; Pastel Bouquet = light green & light blue; Shadow Iris = light green; Veranda = light grey-blue.
Corning Ware A-10. Some Pastel Bouquet shapes have a wrap-around decoration.
Gemco produced tabletop accessories with an official version of Shadow Iris under the brand name "Corning Coordinates for Corelle". These products are clear glass and the pattern is printed on the white plastic lid.
Plate Styles: Standard Rimmed
Corning Ware Teapots
Corning Ware Petite Pans
Pattern List: Occasions Cups
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