Seeing the success that their Lincoln Heights neighbor, JA Bauer & Sons, was having with their California Colored Pottery dinnerware, Pacific Clay Products’ pottery department rolled out their new dinnerware line, called Hostessware, in 1932. By the end of its ten year run in 1942, Hostessware boasted eight different colors and an end-to-end line of more than 200 different pieces, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive dinnerware sets every produced.
In late 1934, Pacific introduced their “decorated” lines – a series of glazed patterns on the Hostessware shape. More than 30 named patterns (and a seemingly infinite number of unnamed) have been documented, but the designers remain anonymous. Decorated-ware often has a painted notation on the bottom indicating a company pattern ID. However, collectors will often find many one-of-a-kind items or variations on the standard patterns. Decorated Hostessware is highly desirable and commands a price premium.
By late 1937 in response to consumer demand and changing tastes, Pacific freshened their dinnerware lines by adding Coralitos. Coralitos came in six new solid colors: Cielito Blue, Coral, DuBonnet, Verdugo Green, Mission Ivory and Dorado Yellow.
Reflecting changing tastes for lighter ware and softer color palettes, Pacific joined the pastel bandwagon around the same time with their Arcadia line. Coralitos and Arcadia are both hard to find (not all pieces were marked) and are not very desirable amongst collectors.