|MADE IN THE U.S.A.|
It is getting harder and harder to find things that are made in the U.S.A.... I have been especially looking for a new set of everyday dishes for at least a couple of years now (notice the recurring theme of how I never buy anything quickly or impulsively!), and wanted them to be American made.
Our last set of dishes were Mikasa (not American made), and although pretty, they have not lasted very well, in my opinion. Although some people would think keeping the same set of dishes for 15+ years is doing well, our previous set of Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes is still mostly around, with barely a chip (although they can break too, they are just very sturdy) . Previously USA made, as our set was, Pfaltzgraff dishes are no longer manufactured in America. Even Buffalo China -- the dishes you remember from eating at diners -- is not made in Buffalo anymore! You can probably still find some at antique stores or on ebay...but it is sad...
Then with the ongoing insecurity of lead and other contaminates that may be in china, or in the glaze used on china (mostly made in China), I was really determined to find American made dishes. There are still a few manufacturers around -- you have to look (and you have to love Google for being able to research!) A good list of American made products can be found here, Americans working, for starters.
Anyway, it came down to two different ones for me: Niagara China Americana in Rekindled Ruby or Homer Laughlin Gothic, a pretty off-white/cream china with a raised gothic pattern, which I had come across at the restaurant of a historic hotel we stayed at -- the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA.
|Homer Laughlin Gothic mug -- nice, but do I need 36 of them?|
I checked with Niagara Ceramics that the china I was buying was still made in America, and my contact person said -- "yes, it is!" They have a lot of really nice patterns, but I liked the color and simplicity of this one best, which will be a Christmas present to my husband and myself this year:
|Niagara China -- Americana -- Rekindled Ruby|
I definitely think we should return to manufacturing more things in America, but I understand that it is cheaper to buy them made elsewhere (except maybe France!) I would happily pay more for something of good quality that is proudly made in the U.S.A!