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Pacific Pottery Hostessware

Pacific Pottery Hostess Ware Cups and Mugs

Pacific Pottery Hostessware

Pacific Pottery Hostessware launched in 1932 as a way for Pacific Clay to stop the bleeding from their commercial pipe, brick and tile business during the Depression. Seeing the success their neighbor, Bauer Pottery, was having with colored dinnerware lines, Pacific was the second of the “Big 5” potteries to get into the market.

During the ten years that Hostessware was produced, it became the largest dinnerware line of any pottery, with close to 200 different pieces! While the distinctive ring pattern is derivative of Bauer’s ringware line, Pacific made the style their own and the two lines differ dramatically in look and feel. The breadth of the line is pretty amazing – ranging from an extensive amount of individual pieces to serveware, hostessware, kitchenware and bakeware.

Hostessware or Hostess Ware? Well, it shows up in Pacific advertising as both, but is more commonly spelled “Hostess Ware” by the company. Either is correct.


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