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PRESS RELEASE – OBAMA WHITE HOUSE CHINA SERVICE

On Monday, April 27th, the official White House china service of President Barack Obama was introduced to the public at a press conference held by The White House curator, Mr. Bill Allman. The Obama Presidential china service was proudly produced by Pickard China.



Several of the pieces within the Obama Presidential china service feature a stunning blue-green color on their decorative rim. The White House noted that First Lady Michelle Obama selected this color because it reminded her of the ocean waters off the President's home state of Hawaii. White House curator Bill Allman noted that the china service's beautiful and striking blue-green color has been dubbed Kailua Blue in recognition of Mrs. Obama's inspiration.



During a recent interview, Pickard president Andrew Pickard Morgan noted, "It was an incredible honor to be selected as the manufacturing resource for the Obama White House china service. 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." Morgan went on to say, "Two of the items in the Obama White House china service, the dinner plate and individual soup tureen, are unique bas-relief shapes that had to be designed from scratch for this project. It took us more than a year and countless trial pieces to get the individual tureen bowl completed. It was really incredible to see the group of my employees tasked with developing this item coming in early to work because they just couldn't wait to see the latest trial piece coming off one of our kilns.



When asked if Pickard had ever produced any Presidential items in the past, Morgan noted, "Pickard produced an official White House china service for President George Walker Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in 2008. This china service was a co-branded effort with the Anna Weatherly line and is known as The White House Magnolia china service in honor of the beautiful magnolia flower on the charger plate. Pickard has also produced official protocol gifts of state for many U.S. Presidents dating back to FDR. In addition to this, Pickard was also very honored to have manufactured Presidential china services for Camp David, Air Force One and Blair House.

Pickard China was founded in 1893 by Wilder Austin Pickard and to this day remains a small family-owned business dedicated to producing the finest china in the world. Additional information on Pickard China can be found on the company's website at www.pickardchina.com. View Chalk »

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Apr 29
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The New York Times covers the Obama's new state china created by Pickard

Inspiration From Hawaii in the Obamas’ White House China

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
APRIL 27, 2015
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama may be the first first lady whose nail polish matched her White House china service.

Mrs. Obama did not appear publicly on Monday when the White House previewed the new state china she has chosen, which will be used on Tuesday at a state dinner honoring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

But when she dropped by a private unveiling for a handful of décor mavens last week — documented by a White House videographer and posted on the official White House website on Monday — Mrs. Obama’s teal-colored manicure matched the border on her china service.

To put her own stamp on the dinnerware, the first lady broke with the traditional primary colors that have adorned most recent administrations’ china and instead went with a border of what she called Kailua Blue, inspired by the waters off President Obama’s home state, Hawaii. It prompted an “aw” from the commander in chief, who is shown in the video stopping into the China Room for a peek at his dishes while chewing gum and holding a disposable paper cup from the White House mess.

Read the full New York Times article about the Obama tableware here

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Apr 28
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First Lady Michelle Obama reviewing the Obama State China View Chalk »

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Apr 28
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We're happy to see this write-up in HFN magazine about Pickard new china for the White House:


Pickard Produces New White House Dinnerware

HFN magazine / Posted on April 28, 2015 by Allison Zisko

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.”


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http://www.hfnmag.com/news/pickard-produces-new-white-house-dinnerware/ View Chalk »

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Apr 22
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Charlotte Moss has designed this new Motif Collection for Pickard China. Each has a distinct decorative motif for the hostess who needs options. Six motifs in all allow for an elegant mixed motif table or perhaps a table set in one motif. All six motifs are also available in elegant crystal. View Chalk »

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Apr 19
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This weekend's New York Times features a write up about Charlotte Moss' new book. One of the photos shows Charlotte Moss' Nancy tableware collection, which is produced by Pickard.

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/arranging-flowers-garden-inspirations-charlotte-moss/ View Chalk »

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Apr 19
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New Charlotte Moss tableware on display at the NY showroom. Shown: Motif Collection > Quail Motif. (Shown with Herdmar's Vitral Gold Matte flatware.) View Chalk »

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Apr 15
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Herdmar flatware on display in the 41 Madison lobby as part of the Martha Stewart Weddings showcase View Chalk »

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Mar 19
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Porcel, which is distributed by Pickard, is honored to be featured at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. As part of the "Iberian Suite: global arts remix", Porcel items will be available in the gift shop.

Learn more about the festival running March 3–24, 2015:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/festivals/iberia/
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Sep 15, 2014
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New Kelly Wearstler crystal collection: Mulholland 

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Sep 8, 2014
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New Pickard Crystal from Kelly Wearstler: Trousdale

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Sep 1, 2014
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New Kelly Wearstler Doheny pattern:

5 Piece Place Setting $495 (retail)
Dinner Plate $139 
Salad Plate $89
Butter Plate $64
Tea Cup $139
Tea Saucer $64 
oup Plate $154 
Mug* $139
Charger Plate $225
*Mug not available in ultra-white body
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Aug 25, 2014
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New Kelly Wearstler Bedford pattern:

5 Piece Place Setting $450 (retail)
Dinner Plate $126
Salad Plate $82
Butter Plate $58
Tea Cup $126
Tea Saucer $58
Soup Plate $140
Mug* $126
Charger Plate $195
 
*Mug not available in ultra-white body
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Jun 9, 2014
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As Seen in ....

Martha Stewart Weddings Summer

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Apr 16, 2014
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Editor at Large, an interior design focused website, is featuring Pickard's dinnerware items in its roundup for the coming NY tabletop show at 41 Madison:

Excerpt:

"Pickard China (9th floor) will introduce three brand new Kelly Wearstler for Pickard Fine China patterns and two new Kelly Wearstler Crystal for Pickard Suites at the show. In addition, two new Pickard patterns will be presented."

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Feb 27, 2014
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Martha Stewart Weddings magazine features Pickard's Kelly Wearstler Mulholland salad plate

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Jan 16, 2014
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Pickard China's new ColorSheen Collection showing Tiara Gold overlay and Signature monogram add-on design features. The ColorSheen Collection is available in blue, green, orange, red, black, and brown, and can be trimmed in gold or platinum.

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Tags: monogram, Pickard China, ColorSheen, Tiara Gold, green, blue, orange, red, black, brown, fine china
Sep 11, 2012
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