Dinner Plates Made in the USA and Lead Free
I’ve taken for grated for too long that I can get products from anywhere in the world, without for a moment considering the impact all this excess transportation has on the environment. So I’ve recently embarked on a quest to try and buy local as much as possible. This comes at a time when I am also wondering what the heck is in all the products that I surround myself with and use daily?
I started with items in my kitchen. I’d been using ceramic dinnerware from the dollar store for years and after doing some research on lead in ceramic dishes, I decided they needed to go first and be replaced. Since I am opposed to using plastics (another goal) then my options came down to ceramic or glass. Thus began my search for dinner plates make in the USA and lead free.
Hope the following list of Made in America dinnerware helps prevent you from getting the headache I got after searching and searching to find these few! *I did find one glass company but their website seems to no longer be working, their name was BC Dinnerware: Annieglass, if you want to look into them.
If you skimmed that and only saw the word China, then let me assure you, they ARE made in USA. China here is referring to the product, not the country. This is the brand we eventually picked, (4-piece dinner set on Amazon $29 on sale) and the super awesome quality of these plates put my dollarstore ones to shame. They are heavy, solid, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, AND oven safe up to 500 degrees-(no more separate dish to heat up leftovers!). Despite their bright color selection, they ARE also lead-free! They don’t just have plates and bowls, but cups, bakeware, salt and pepper shakers, tons of size variations, etc. Oh and in case you are wondering-go by the colors shown on their website…some of the colors, particularly Scarlet, on Amazon look like they may be a darker shade. These are vibrantly colored. In you find their website maddening, open it to be full view and not mobile view-that will help, a lot. Oh aaannndd they have awesome seasonal designs (I LOVE holidays!).
Now they have not received the accidental drop test yet to see how breakable they are,*Update* these dishes have taken a beating lately…clumsy me to angry kids, they have been chucked (with force) from highchairs (full and empty) and dropped in a sink full of dishes, more than once, without a single chip! It’s happened so much now that I’ve stopped holding my breath when I hear the crash or thud because their track record says they’re probably still in one piece. BUT they do come with a 5-year chip warranty if you’re still not convinced! After voicing her dislike of the scarlet color I chose, I let my toddler pick out bowl colors for her and her baby sister. I got them the ramekin bowls because I wanted something smaller for them than the standard bowl size that came with the set. If you also go this route, I would say the ramekins are perfect for baby food or as fun ice cream/desert bowls, but they are a little too small for toddler portions.
Similar to Fiestaware, offering 4 piece ceramic dinnerware as well as platters, sugar and creamer sets, mixing bowls, etc. Made in USA, (Tuscon, Arizona to be exact). Lead-free, with a two-year chip warranty. Freezer, dishwasher, broiler, oven, and microwave safe! Also, their website claims they can go from the freezer to the broiler-that’s pretty impressive! About $50 for a 4-piece set, or slightly less if you order 4 sets.
Great Bay Pottery **UPDATE** Website no longer working…possibly no longer in business?
A New Hampshire company that makes handmade pottery with beautiful designs (custom lettering also available). Their site won’t let me share a picture, so you’ll have to see for yourself (click link in the name) but think Maine lobster, lighthouse, floral, etc. A 5-piece dinner set is $115, but they have SO much MORE than just dinner sets! Bakeware (batter bowls, pie plates, etc), Kitchen (honey pots, garlic keepers, etc), Tableware (maple syrup pitcher, oil dipping set, etc), Decor (flower vase, clock, etc), AND seasonal (santa cookie plate anyone?? Aawweee!). All their extra’s have the same designs as their dinner plates. An excellent place for gift shopping in my opinion… 😉
Made in California by Bonnie herself! The above link in the name will bring you to her website, or you can access her Etsy shop by clicking HERE. I love her color mixes of blues/greens/purples and her cute owl mugs! Here you’ll have to piece a set together, plates=$25-40, bowls=$25, mugs=$45. Also sells beautiful fruit bowls, colanders, etc. All are lead-free, and microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe. Her website says you can contact her about wedding registries too!
Another beautiful line of stoneware pottery, this time made in Vermont. Full dinnerware sets are coming soon, but in the mean time you can piece together your set with 3 different sizes of plates, bowls, and a variety of mugs. Dinner plate~$26, Bowls~$24, Mugs~$20. They even carry tumblers, and every essential baking and serving dish you could need, all in a variety of single and two-tone colors. I’m in love with their heart-shaped baker, and frog mug.
So much to choose from! All handmade and hand painted, non-toxic, lead-free, made in Virginia. Their dinnerware offers a large selection of painted patterns like iris’, pinecones, crabs, lavender, dragonflies, and much more. Dishwasher, oven, and microwave safe. Sold in sets of four (as in 4 lrg plates, 4 sm plates, 4 bowls, 4 mugs) that ring in at $272. After experiencing how durable USA-made ceramic can be with my Fiestaware set, I would not be afraid to spend the extra money to have the beautiful designs offered by Emerson Creek. As if to prove my point, they offer two sets of Safe Baby Dishes (need a baby shower gift??). Their dinnerware designs can also be found on an array of bakeware (loaf pans, pizza pans, casserole dishes, spoon rests, etc), kitchenware (drizzle bottles, cookie jars, salt/pepper shakers, etc), servingware (trays, honeypots, cracker baskets, etc), and teapot sets. Wait there’s even more! Ceramic vases, lamps, pitchers, even pet dishes. And if you ask me, their old fashioned cookie presses/shortbread pans, and personalized mugs (or teacups) would make for some pretty stellar mother’s day gifts! You can also find some of their items on Amazon now too!
You guessed it, they sell mugs, all handmade in Oregon. OK so not really “dinnerware” but I love coffee mugs and the uniqueness that comes with them. I tend to get attached to my mugs, favoring certain ones depending on the day, and moping like my toddler when I accidentally break one. So naturally it was a depressing day when I said goodbye to ALL our coffee mugs because I had no idea if they were lead-free (and based on the number of chips they each had I’m guessing they weren’t the best quality to begin with). I can’t wait to invest in one of these unique mugsMug revolution mugs are lead-free, durable, chip resistant, dishwasher safe, and even the handle shouldn’t get hot under normal microwave use (ya know, when reheating your coffee for the 3rd time throughout a busy day). Their “classic mug”=$23, but they have various other sizes, colors, shapes, and even personalized, shaving, and paw-print mugs. Another great gift idea place (that also has gift certificates).
Alas after all this research, I came back to my list to see which company I could purchase a USA made mortar and pestle from, and nobody made them! So I searched again until I came across Betelgeuse Pottery, a small business out of western New York, that you can find on Etsy and Facebook. They don’t have dinnerware, but worth a mention because they DO have handmade mortar and pestles, of which mine is on it’s way! And because I am “that person” I had to clarify that their description of “food-safe” does in fact mean lead-free and a quick reply from the owner confirmed this (hooray!). I may be returning soon to their store to also purchase their french butter keeper, salt jar, essential oil diffuser, and the facebook page rumored future garlic keeper.
Have more to add to the list, or do you already own any of the above? Let here your thoughts!