Pyrex Bowl from "Hot 'N' Cold" Chip and Dip Set

Object Name: 
Pyrex Bowl from "Hot 'N' Cold" Chip and Dip Set

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Object Name: 
Pyrex Bowl from "Hot 'N' Cold" Chip and Dip Set
Accession Number: 
98.4.199
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 10.3 cm, Diam: 22.1 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1950-1959
Credit Line: 
Gift of Corning Inc., Dept. of Archives and Record Management
Web Description: 
Interesting Facts about Pattern: - This patterned "Hot 'N' Cold" Chip and Dip Set was introduced c. 1950s, however the exact date is unknown. - Unofficially known as “Eyes” this pattern was one of the first to be released as a Chip and Dip Set. - The characteristic Pyrex stamp is only found on some of the Eyes bowls while others do not have the stamp. Pattern Description: Unofficially known as “Eyes” this set is one of the first patterns released as a Chip and Dip set. Using a metal bracket the set combined the 401 dip bowl and the 403 mixing bowl to create the Hot ‘N’ Cold Chip and Dip Set. The characteristic Pyrex stamp on the bottom of each dish does not appear on some of the Eyes bowls while others are clearly marked with the stamp. A corresponding coffee carafe printed with the “Eyes” pattern in gold was released as well as a clear one-quart juicer with a turquoise plastic lid. Corning Glass Works offered its first patterned opalware gift set in 1953 when the Heinz Baking Dish was sold in grocery stores. Widespread distribution of promotional patterns occurred after the overwhelming success of the 1956 release of seasonal “decorator casseroles.” Using existing Pyrex shapes, gift sets featured new patterns offered for a limited production time. They often came with mounters, cradles, or candlewarmers and were advertised in the spring to appeal to Mother’s Day and summer wedding shoppers and in the fall to give the holiday gift-buyers something new. Corning continued to produce gift sets through 1983, creating nearly 135 different gift set patterns during that time. Corning intended these pieces to be sold for a limited time, and directed retailers to remove older, unsold promotions from the shelves. Often, patterns used for these gift items were unnamed, or given names descriptive of the dish’s purpose, like “chip and dip set.” Collectors over the years have assigned names more reflective of the specific pattern.
Provenance: 
Corning Inc., Dept. of Archives and Record Management, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Pyrex Bowl from "Hot 'N' Cold" Chip and Dip Set. Translucent white glass, turquoise enamel non-lead opalware glass; mold-pressed, tempered, screen-printed; hemispherical shape; rim is 1cm wide slightly raised band with machine finished edge; body tapers in and has rounded bottom, circumference of bowl decorated with band of vertical turquoise "eyes," white oval in middle of each "eye" with turquoise cross in center, about 1cm between each "eye; " bowl has ring foot; flat base.
Venue(s)
Rakow Library, Corning Museum of Glass 2015-06-06 through 2016-03-17
America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex commemorates the history of Pyrex brand housewares, developed by Corning Glass Works in 1915. Central to the story of Pyrex are women, traditionally the keepers of the home, who helped Corning designers and engineers develop the products to appeal to the burgeoning women’s consumer market. Corning Glass Works combined affordable products and attractive designs with strategic marketing to make Pyrex a mainstay in American homes. Pyrex advertisements, ephemera, and glassware from the combined collections of the Library and Museum will reveal the evolution of this modern American tradition.