April, Blue Heather, Indian Summer, Meadow (1977)
Corelle became more vibrant in the spring of 1977. The Expressions product line launched with four new patterns of multi-coloured designs on the centre of the plate and coloured bands on the rim. Bowls & saucers in all four patterns are decorated only with a coloured band, and platters have a central pattern but no band on the rim. Closed-handle cups, creamers and sugar bowls are made of Centura.
Meadow dinner plate.
(Photo right: Meadow 2½ Qt Corning Ware Designer Casserole.)
Rather than Pyrex Compatibles, Corning Ware Designer Casseroles and teapots co-ordinate with these initial Expressions patterns. In 1½ Qt & 2½ Qt sizes, the oval casseroles are comparable to certain French White shapes. Six cup P-104 teapots also were offered in all four patterns. The Corning Ware products were available about two years.
April dinner plate.
April was discontinued July 1979, and Blue Heather disappeared during late 1981 or early 1982. Indian Summer & Meadow remained available until early 1986 when the Expressions product line was dropped. The designer of Meadow is Patricia Luzier, and Indian Summer was designed by Cynthia Gerow.
Indian Summer platter.
A second type of Centura cup exists in all four patterns in this grouping. It holds 7 oz, and its shape is borrowed from Centura Tableware. It might be from the test marketing phase that occurred prior to the official launch of Expressions.
(Photo: Meadow with an atypical cup style, made of Centura.)
Blue Heather: dinner plate, cup & saucer. Cup is made of Centura.
Dinner Plate (10¼")
Luncheon Plate (8½")
Side Plate (6¾")
Saucer (6¼") *
Centura Tableware Cup (7 oz)
Expressions Centura Cup (8 oz)
Expressions Centura Cream & Sugar
Dessert Bowl (10 oz, 5-3/8") *
Soup/Cereal Bowl (18 oz, 6¼") *
Flat Rim Soup Plate (8½") ‡
1 Qt Serving Bowl (8½") *
2 Qt Serving Bowl (10¼") *
Oval Platter (12½")
* - coloured band: April = yellow; Blue Heather = blue; Meadow = lime green (also match Wildflower, Strawberry Sunday, Sunshine, Honeydew); Indian Summer = rust-brown (also match Harvest Home, Oriental Wood, Ginger)
‡ - verified in Blue Heather & Indian Summer, unknown in Meadow, unlikely in April.
Indian Summer: cup & saucer, dessert bowl. Cup is made of Centura.
Store ‘N’ See Canisters:
Clear Pyrex containers with Meadow and Indian Summer patterned lids were made in at least 4 sizes:
1 pint Canister
1 Qt Canister
1½ Qt Canister
2½ Qt Canister
(Photo: Indian Summer Corning Ware teapot, P-104, 6 cups.)
Manufacturers other than Corning produced their own versions of Meadow, Blue Heather and Indian Summer. The majority of these are unofficial products and close comparison with the genuine Corelle pattern will reveal variations in the design.
Gemco produced numerous tabletop accessories in their Matchables product line with their own versions of Meadow (Spring) and Indian Summer (Autumn).
Cheinco Housewares produced metal kitchenware and tins matching Meadow.
James Bradley & Assoc., with their Glassmates brand, sold opal pedestal mugs with designs based on April, Blue Heather, Indian Summer & Meadow.
A variety of glassware, even stemware, was made by unknown makers with Meadow & Indian Summer decoration.
Cup Styles: Expressions Cup
Pattern List: Soup Plates
Plate Styles: Coupe
Pyrex Profile: Store 'N' See Canisters
Centura Tableware Gallery
1978 Catalogue: Corelle, Pyrex, Corning Ware
1981 Brochure: Corelle In Britain
1981 Catalogue: Expressions Livingware
Corning Ware Designer Casseroles
Corning Ware Teapots
Who designed the patterns?
Most frequent word in pattern names?
Comparing Spice O' Life Tea/Coffee & Indian Summer
What is Centura?
Extra Photos: Corelle (Part 1)
Isn't this pattern known by a different name?
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