Pacific Pottery Hostessware 1935 Ad
Chicago Tribune, April 4, 1935

Based on company records, between 1932-34 the available Hostessware colors are listed as: Canary Yellow, Cactus Green, Desert Brown, Silver Green, Apache Red, Royal Blue, Sapphire Blue, White, Black, Gun Metal, and Forest Green. Certainly several of these colors were only available on art or gardenware. 

By 1935, six colors are consistently shown in display advertising: Apache Red, Lemon Yellow (Canary Yellow), Jade Green (Silver Green), Powder Blue (Delph Blue), Pacific Blue (cobalt), Sierra White. Black and Sand were early custom-order only glazes, and are extremely rare. Possibly around 1936, Aqua was added with Apricot as a fast follower. These two glazes are harder to find. I estimate that by 1937, Pacific began to slow Hostessware production as they introduced new dinnerware lines like Arcadia and Corolitos to meet changing consumer tastes, which could account for the relative scarcity.

Across company catalogs and display advertising, you’ll find the colors listed with a variety of names as noted above.

At some point in the mid-to-late 1930s, Pacific evolves the formula of their glazes. Later Hostessware tends to be glossier, with the exception of Sierra White, which they started to produce in a matte/vellum finish similar to the glaze used on their later artware lines. Later period glazes are less prone to crazing. Apricot when through a fairly dramatic glaze change in its existence, with later pieces much lighter and glossier in color.

Based on a extensive research on all Pacific Hostessware online sales over a ten year period and several major collections, color availability in Hostessware is as follows: As expected, Apache Red, Silver Green, Lemon Yellow, and Pacific Blue – all produced for the full duration of Hostessware production – are most common. Apache Red represents 30% of all known pieces, green came in at 19%, yellow at 15%, Pacific blue at 12%, Delph blue at 9%, apricot at 7%, and white and aqua finish out at 4% each.

HOSTESSWARE PIECES BY COLOR

COLORS

Pacific Hostessware Color Apache Red
Pacific Hostessware Color Apricot
Pacific Hostessware Color Lemon Yellow
Pacific Hostesware Color Silver Green
Pacific Hostessware Color Aqua
Pacific Hostessware Color Delph Blue
Pacific Hostessware Color Pac Blue
Pacific Hostessware Color Sierra White
Pacific Hostessware Color Black
Pacific Hostessware Color Sand
Pacific Hostessware Color Specialty