...to retire my old set of dishes. They were made by Mikasa Studio One, which was the 'casual dining' part of Mikasa. Which translates to 'stoneware', and damned good stuff.
I have the 'Village Trail'
pattern, which is a faintly speckled glaze with a rim design of grape
leaves and berries, very attractive and old Tuscany-looking.
after all these years a lot of the pieces have broken or become
chipped, and they are ALL noticeably harder to clean these days as the
glaze wears thin. It's been a great set, and I remember going to the
Mikasa outlet store in Fullerton to pick it out. Sad to say, Mikasa
stores do not exist anymore. So I went looking online at Mikasa,
confident that I'd find something I like as a replacement.
The short answer? No.
And I'm not especially super picky about dishes, either! Noritake has this set, that is microwave safe:
This one from Phaltzgraff is nice, too:
This is made by Sango, Avanti--nice deep colors:
This tortoiseshell set is lovely, too:
Here's one called Galaxy Jade:
And Pearl Shimmer:
No doubt that finally deciding on a set will be far simpler than carting ourselves all over town to actually see them in person.