Collecting-Lu Ray Pastels


Oh my goodness! It has been much too long since I’ve posted, but I do have a good reason. Somehow, I managed to sprain my ankle. I have no idea what triggered it, but one afternoon a bit over a week ago, it swelled to the size of a cantaloupe. Unfortunately for me, I am unable to hobble down the stairs to my craft room. Which, is making me a little stir crazy to say the least! My family is willing to fetch whatever I need from that room, but as we crafters know, you just need to be surrounded by your crafty “things.” 🙂 I’m hoping to be back to “normal” in a few days-I hope so, as I have MANY Easter ideas I would love to share!

LuRay-pastels-2In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you my collection of vintage LuRay Pastel dishes. My mom started collecting these when I was in high school. But, as most collections go, they get abandoned and you move onto another one. I think LuRay got abandoned for Fiesta Ware. But, lucky me, as I was the recipient of all of her LuRay dishes!!! And, I love to pull them out around Easter time.

LuRay-pastels-3The colors are so soft and certainly look aged. A couple pieces have chips, but to me that just adds character. Isn’t the detailing of this bowl so pretty? Just love it!

You can actually learn more about LuRay Pastels at this website:

A bit of the history I was able to obtain from that website follows:

“LuRay Pastels dinnerware was produced from 1938 to 1961 by the Taylor, Smith, and Taylor Company of West Virginia. This line of dinnerware was named for the beautiful Luray Caverns in Virginia.

It was initially available in four pastel colours: Persian Cream, Windsor Blue, Sharon Pink, and Surf Green. A fifth colour (Chatham Gray) was added in 1947 but was discontinued in 1952 due to a lack of popularity. This has made Chatham Gray pieces a challenge for collectors to locate.

Pieces are marked with the backstamp “TS&T LuRay Pastels”. Very few pieces are unmarked.”

LuRay-pastels-4I certainly don’t have a complete set, but they do look pretty scattered among my white stoneware at Easter time. Even one bowl makes a great candy dish! So, be on the lookout for LuRay dishes for your Spring table!

Happy Collecting!


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2 Responses to Collecting-Lu Ray Pastels

  1. Patricia Largent says:

    Pray you’ll soon be up and able to get to your craft room. Your dishes really make you think spring. A nice set.

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Thank you for the well wishes-hoping to be off crutches (and crafting again) soon! 🙂

      Happy Spring!

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