Pickard Produces New White House Dinnerware

When the president and first lady sit down to dine at the Japan State Dinner tonight, they will be eating off new White House dinnerware designed by Pickard China.
April 28, 2015Allison Zisko

WhiteHouseChinaFirstLadyThe state china’s blue-green colorway is one not seen on previous state chinas.(Inset) First Lady Michelle Obama unveils the Obama State China Service.Official White House Photos by Amanda Lucidon
WASHINGTON-When the president and first lady sit down to dine at the Japan State Dinner tonight, they will be eating off new White House dinnerware designed by Pickard China.

The Obama State China Service is a simple banded pattern whose blue-green rim color, Kailua, was inspired by the waters of Hawaii, President Barack Obama’s native state. The gold-edged, Kailua rimmed pieces are featured on all of the pieces of the 11-piece set except for the dinner plates, which are white and rimmed in gold with the presidential seal in the center.

“It was an incredible honor to be selected as the manufacturing resource for the Obama White House china service,” said Andrew Morgan, president of Pickard China. “Every piece of Pickard china is made with great skill and pride but producing china for the White House was certainly something that was very special for everyone working at the company.”

Two of the 11 items in the Obama White House china service, the dinner plate and individual soup tureen, were unique relief shapes that had to be designed from scratch, Morgan said, and it took Pickard more than a year and countless trial pieces to get the individual tureen bowl completed.

“It was really incredible to see the employees tasked [with] developing this item coming in early to work time and again because they could not wait to see the latest trail piece coming off one of our kilns. The pride and dedication given by everyone at Pickard to produce this china service will always be a very special memory in the storied 122-year history of Pickard China.”

First Lady Michelle Obama participated in the design and selection of the State China, the White House said, and the china was paid for by the White House Endowment Trust of the White House Historical Association, a private nonprofit organization. The White House ordered 320 settings, reports said.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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