My everyday stuff is the set my mother got me 15 years ago, even before I moved out of her house: the Correlle Livingware Shadow Iris Set It’s held up astoundingly well, I have to say. The great thing about Livingware is that it is very lightweight and virtually indestructible: it’s been bounced off metal sink, dropped by kids (and a few adults), some of the smaller plates have been used in ill-advised soccer matches by small boys, and I’ve only lost one dinner plate to breakage. The bad thing about it is that once it *does *break, it doesn’t break into a few large hunks and a bit of tiny stuff like stoneware, it pulverizes into a gazillion itty bitty shards of glass and glass dust that get all over the kitchen and are a real bitch to clean up.
My “fancy-schmancy set” isn’t one I would have chosen for myself, but it belonged to my great-great grandmother (I think that’s right: my grandmother’s grandmother), so it has immense sentimental value. It’s Royal Bayreuth, but I’ve never found a pattern name for it. It’s not as bad (read:covered in garish roses) as most RB patterns, though: Here’s a picture of mine, as all the on-line pictures I’ve found of it are blurry.
I’d like a stoneware set next, I think. I do like that chili red set Zabali_Clawbane linked to.