Thursday, May 7, 2015

Following the Leader - Libbey Ware Glass Ceramic Cookware

As you may know, Corning was not the only company to produce glass-ceramic cookware.  Oh, make no mistake, Corning invented and perfect the process of glass-ceramics.  It was Corning that manufactured pyroceram missile radomes and they were first to market a glass ceramic cookware.  However, Corning Ware was such a hot product that other glass manufacturers had to jump on the bandwagon.

Anchor-Hocking released it's glass ceramic cookware in the early 60's (Black Wheat), but it was pulled from the market in 1968 due to a lawsuit by Corning for patent infringement.  Narumi, a porcelain manufacturer in Japan, also came up with a glass ceramic product (Neoceram), but was not marketed in the United states until the late 80s under the Mikasa name (Fire & Ice).  ARC, makers of Luminarc, Arcoroc and Arcopal glassware in France, came up with a glass ceramic product as well.  It was originally marketed through Princess House as "Nouveau", but also on the regular market in the mid 80s as "Arcoflam".  (Which, by the way, is still being manufactured in France to this day.)

One of the ones that most people are not familiar with, however, is Libbey glass's versions of glass ceramic cookware made out of  a material called Cer-Vit and sold as "Libbey Ware".  A play on the words Ceramic and Vitrification, no doubt.  I have no idea what the actual dates of manufacture are, but apparently it was only sold up until 1966.

The only pattern I have seen in "Libbey Ware" is the Brown Daisy.

The shape is a little strange, almost an oval, but not quite.

The bottoms are marked very simply with Libbey and, in this case, 1 quart saucepan.

Pieces that have surfaced to date are the 1 quart saucepan (above), 2 quart and 3 quart saucepans and an 8 inch skillet, though there may be other pieces out there.

The lids are shaped a little bizarrely and have white ceramic knobs that appear to be "riveted" on, so they are not removable or replaceable.

The handle has an interesting streamline shape that is surprisingly comfortable in the hand.

Simply place it on the dish lug, and flip the switch forward to lock.

They are marked on the underside with the script L within a circle and the word "Libbey".

Where is your Libbey Ware??


  1. I have a 10 inch skillet - no lid. Does skillet mean I can use it like a frying pan?

    1. Yes, you should be able to use it like a frying pan. The Libbey Cer-Vit is stove top safe, just like Corning Ware