Thursday, February 03, 2011

Vintage Pyrex = Functional Beauty


I am a great fan of utilitarian beauty.  Form does not have to be sacrificed for function.  Vintage Pyrex is a good example of a beautiful workhorse.  It is made of heavy glass that can go from oven to table and comes in a myriad of colors and patterns.  They are fun to mix and match and will fit into your modern kitchen as well as  a traditional kitchen.  Pyrex made mixing bowls of various sizes, as well as several types of casserole and covered casserole dishes.  There are divided casserole dishes and there are refrigerator dishes.  Large mixing bowls can also be used to serve salad or to hold fresh fruit.  Vintage Pyrex is affordable  and fun to collect.  It was introduced by Corning, Inc. in 1915.  It was made from borosilicate glass, which is a combination of silica and boron oxide, making it less subject to be damage by high temperatures.  In the 1940s the composition of the glass was changed, for some of the products, to tempered soda lime glass, which has greater strength, making it less vulnerable to breakage.  Here is a fun website which lists most of the vintage Pyrex patterns available today.

Bluebell often has vintage Pyrex dishes for sale.  Consider starting a collection.  You'll have them for years to come and they will more than pay for themselves.

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