Monday, December 23, 2013

The Casually Ignored Casual Elegance Line by Corning

So in my quest to document patterns on Corningware, I seem to have forgotten to include some of the various "shapes" of Corningware.   I have mentioned Corningware "Round" and Buffet Servers which are both of the B-Series.  I have expounded upon both French White (F-Series) and French White II (?-Series).  I have even eluded to French White's predecessor, the Designer Casserole (DC-Series).  But I seem to have left out a very important, yet very late to the party, shape produced by Corning in the mid 90's, 1994 to be exact.  The Casual Elegance Line....

They are shaped similar to French White II, in that they have flared rims and the glass lids are decidedly different than any previous lid produced by Corning, as they fit down inside the "flare", just like the French White II lids.  (please note, that the handles of the Casual Elegance lids are different than the French White II lids.)

Unlike French White II, however, the rims of the Casual Elegance Line have embossed designs on them.  I know of three different designs in this product line...  Though at least one of the "books" specifically states that there was only one design in this shape.

White Flora 
(which seems to be the most prevalent)

(This is the same pattern that was later released on Suprema dinnerware as "Lucerne")

(of which I have only seen a Broil and Bake Tray)

The casseroles are embossed on the bottom, rather poorly I might add, with an L-Series.

I currently am in possession of an L-21 and an L-32 (My mom has the H-15 platter in Vineyard), but there is also an oblong open roasters (L-13 & L-15)

as well as various other Round and Oval pieces such as L-20, L-22 & L-23 (Round) and the L-30 & L-31 (Oval).  I currently have no other information on what volume measurements these pieces have.

Plastic covers for storage were also available and imprinted with "Casual Elegance".  Unlike the glass cover, the plastic storage cover encompasses the whole of the piece, including the rim. (on French White II pieces the plastic covers sit down inside the flared rim, like the glass lids do)

The Broil and Bake Platters are embossed with an H-Series instead of "L", my assumption is because the L-15 was already used on the Open Roaster.

Both Calypso & White Flora are oval in shape (H-14 & H-16)....

 (Both of the above pictures were "Borrowed" from eBay)

but Vineyard is Oblong (H-15)......

Hopefully this help shed some light on a somewhat obscure and late released Corningware Product line.  To make matters more confusing, I am pretty sure that I have seen these in stoneware just like French White and French White II.  So check the bottoms for firing rings to make sure you are not getting a hunk of stoneware!

Where is your Corningware??


  1. I found a White Flora marked L32 a while back and bought it for 5 dollars. I think it is quite beautiful, but am wondering what to so with it? Any ideas from anybody?

  2. I have the white flora in the oblong roaster, small and large oval and small and large round; wedding presents in December 1996. (20 years ago!) Still use them several times a month. From memory the large held 2.1 litre, the small maybe 1.8 litre? Useful in the oven for gratin, shepherd's pie, lasagne etc.

  3. If a piece of casual elegance is clearly NOT stoneware, is it pyroceram and can it be used on a stove top?

    1. Yes.. it's a little cumbersome, like using French White on the stove, but it IS safe for stove top use.

  4. I have the large oval Casual Elegance casserole dish (L-62) in the White Flora Pattern. On the bottom, "MADE IN USA" is stamped on one side and "NO STOVETOP OR BROILER" is stamped on the other side. I also have a large round casserole dish (L-22) in the same White Flora pattern - but on the bottom, it's stamped "OVEN - BROILER - MICROWAVE - FREEZER". As far as I can tell, both are pyroceram. (They are definitely not stoneware.) Before they started making stoneware, did Corning transition to making some pyroceram pieces in the Casual Elegance line that were not intended for stovetop use?

    1. Technically, the shape of Casual Elegance makes stovetop use difficult.. this also holds true for French White items,. So it's possible Corning started marking them as not for stovetop use... The no broiler may also have to so with the shape but as far as I am aware, they were only made of Pyroceram or Stoneware. Interesting.