Corelle Profile: April (1977)

April was introduced during spring 1977 alongside Blue Heather, Indian Summer and Meadow, all four comprising the new Expressions Livingware product line.  April was discontinued in 1979.

Rather than Pyrex Compatibles, Corning Ware Designer Casseroles and P-104 teapots co-ordinate with the four initial Expressions patterns.  The Corning Ware products remained about two years.  Bowls & saucers in April are decorated only with a yellow band, and platters have a central pattern but no band on the rim.  Cups, creamers and sugar bowls are made of Centura.

                

April Dinner Plate
April dinner plate.
         
Meadow cup, not the usual shapeA second type of Centura cup exists in all four initial Expressions patterns.  It holds 7 oz, and its shape is borrowed from Centura Tableware.  It might be from the test marketing phase that preceded the official launch of the Expressions product line.

(Photo: Meadow with an atypical cup style, made of Centura.)

            

Shapes & Sizes:

Vitrelle:
Dinner Plate (10¼")
Luncheon Plate (8½")
Side Plate (6¾")
Saucer (6¼") *
Dessert Bowl (10 oz, 5-3/8") *
Soup/Cereal Bowl (18 oz, 6¼") *
1 Qt Serving Bowl (8½") *
2 Qt Serving Bowl (10¼") *
Oval Platter (12½")

Centura:
Centura Tableware Cup (7 oz)
Expressions Centura Cup (8 oz) 
Expressions Centura Cream & Sugar

* - one yellow band.

 

Others:
At least one manufacturer other than Corning manufactured their own versions of April.  They are unofficial products and close comparison with the genuine Corelle pattern will reveal variations in the design.

James Bradley & Assoc., with their Glassmates brand, sold opal pedestal mugs with a design based on April.


Related Articles:

Cup Styles: Expressions Cup
Plate Styles: Coupe
Centura Tableware Pattern Profiles 
1978 Catalogue: Corelle, Pyrex, Corning Ware
1979 Brochure: Expressions Livingware
1979 Catalogue: Percolator Incentive Program
Corning Ware Designer Casseroles 
Corning Ware Teapots 
Which patterns are also Corning Ware patterns?
What is Centura?
What is Vitrelle?

 

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