Clear Pyrex Profile - Sculptured Ovenware (1972)
"The only way we could improve Pyrex was to make it more beautiful," said a Corning product manager when Sculptured Ovenware debuted in early 1972. Resembling cut crystal, round bowls embellished with a teardrop design formed the basis of the product line. When equipped with lids, two of the bowls became casseroles, and a round under-plate or tray was provided with each one.
Pyrex Sculptured Ovenware 2½ Qt casserole with tray or under-plate.
Three sets were initially offered: 1½ Qt Covered Casserole & Tray (10"); 2½ Qt Covered Casserole & Tray (11"); Three-Piece Bowl Set (1½ Qt, 2½ Qt, 4 Qt). All three bowls could be purchased singly too. Individually-sized bowls were grouped into two different sets: four 16 oz bowls, six 10 oz bowls.
Additional sets include:
Party Bowl Set - one 16 oz bowl, 12" round tray.
Triple Treat Set - three 16 oz bowls, 12" round tray.
Hostess Set - four 10 oz bowls, 12" round tray.
Luncheon Plates - four 8-5/8" plates.
Serving Plates - two 12" round trays.
Dessert Set - four 10 oz bowls, 1½ Qt bowl, 10" tray.
Salad Set - four 16 oz bowls, 2½ Qt bowl, 11" tray, metal utensils.
Toddy Set - one 4 Qt bowl, metal ladle.
There might be more sizes, shapes and set combinations too.
Covered Casseroles & Trays, Bowl Set. Image from 1972 brochure.
Party Bowl Set: 12 inch tray & 16 oz bowl. It seems that 12 inch trays vary. This example has a coupe shape, but others have a rimmed shape.
Bowls are not marked with capacities or model numbers, but they can be identified by their diameters: 10 oz = 4½", 16 oz = 5½", 1½ Qt = 7¾", 2½ Qt = 8¾", 4 Qt = 10¼". Lids are 7¾" & 8¾", the same diameters as the bowls they correspond with.
In general, Sculptured Ovenware does not have many markings at all. Bowls and trays are branded either "Pyrex" or "Pyrex Ovenware" in very tiny lettering, and lids are not even marked with a brand name. Other product information that typically appears on Pyrex is also absent.
Sculptured Ovenware 16 oz bowl and 10 oz bowls.
During the mid 1970s Sculptured Ovenware lids were also used with round Buffet Server shaped Corning Ware, in Merry Mushroom & Spice O' Life. For this product line, there is a third lid that fits the large skillet and Dutch oven, but it does not fit a 4 Qt Sculptured bowl.
Sculptured Ovenware in ordinary clear Pyrex disappeared about 1979, but the shape was revived in the early 1980s with a dark brown Fireside tint. There might be only one set made in this colour, combining a 4 Qt bowl with four 16 oz bowls. It was advertised during 1983, but its exact introduction date is not known.
Sculptured Ovenware 16 oz bowl, Fireside tint.
Clear Pyrex Profile: Fireside
Corning Ware Profile: Buffet Servers
Pyrex Profile: Clear Elegance Ovenware
1972 Leaflet: Creative Glass by Corning