Melmac Spatterware

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Blue Spatter Melamine Bowl

I wondered if I could find some information about how the spatterware designs for melamine dishes came about. The blog RetroChalet was the most informative on this topic as they referred to the earliest examples of mottling being by Russel Wright Melmac in the Residential Lines of the 1950s. Russel Wright also experimented with adding other substances like real “aluminum dust” to Black Velvet and copper flakes to Copper Penny. Other manufacturers experimented with mottling and stippling but kept their formulas as closely guarded trade secrets. Apparently some of the designs had their origins in “end of the day” runs when the factory used up the colors used in that day’s productions. Kysite added pulp,paper and cellulose into their mixes.

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