Starburst Dinner Plates by Franciscan China SOLD
During the post-war prosperity consumers, ready for something futuristic and new, found that the Franciscan Starburst, designed by George James, and the Eclipse
dish shape, was the perfect dinner ware for their cutting edge kitchens. Produced from
1954-1957, the aqua, green, and yellow design was a smooth, decal-pattern rather
than the hand-painted raised ones prior to this time. These were the ideal plates for
the "modern" kitchens of the day, as well as the "modern-retro" kitchens today.
Franciscan Tableware and Catalina Art Pottery are made from Malinite, the most
important advancement in the pottery industry in the last century. Developed by the chemists of Gladding, McBean & Co., the basic material of Malinite is rock, instead of clay, the same material as "talcum powder". Combined with an amorphous flux, in the heat of the kiln, binds together the molecules of talc so an extremely tough, durable body is formed, highly resistant to thermal shock and free from internal flaws. The glazes become so fused with the body that they cannot craze. Another feature was the brilliant palette of colors and matte textures that could be produced, and since
discovering a way to make pottery less porous, longer lasting and crack resistant, they created better quality dinnerware with its own sales incentive.
The plates are 10 7/8" (27.6cm)x 10 1/4" (26.0cm)round, and weigh an average of 25.75oz (730g)/dish.
I have 16 dinner plates undamaged, and 4 slightly chipped ones.
The chipped ones are discounted at $11.00. The one that is chipped the most is pictured. The shipping plus insurance is calculated per individual plate for listing reasons and can and will negotiated during sale.