First Lady Janet Holcomb collaborated with Indiana artist, Walter Knabe, to create a toile pattern incorporating elements of Indiana symbolism. The design, in blue with gold accents, depicts our state tree (Tulip Poplar), flower (Peony), bird (Cardinal), and insect (Say’s Firefly). Portions of the lyrics to Back Home Again in Indiana add a touch of whimsy to several of the pieces and echo the state symbolism theme. Manufactured by Pickard China in Illinois, the collection consists of complete place settings and a variety of serving platters and bowls.
Indiana First Lady Karen Pence’s china celebrates Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016. The custom china pattern she helped design was a representation of that milestone and incorporates the torch design from our state flag. Produced by Pickard China in Illinois, this pattern features our state colors on a white background.
Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels selected two complementary blue and white earthenware patterns. “Denmark Blue” and “Willow” were both produced by Johnson Brothers.
During Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon’s tenure the Indiana World Organization of China Painters gifted the State of Indiana a hand-painted collection. Sixty-four porcelain artists painted a total of sixty-two different Indiana wildflowers on 242 pieces of china. In addition to complete place settings, the artists decorated tea and coffee services, cake platters, and various serving pieces.
Indiana First Lady Susan Bayh was the first Indiana First Lady to have a china pattern custom made for the Governor’s Residence. Traditional in style, the pattern incorporates the state colors, navy and gold, as well as the Indiana State Seal. This pattern is reminiscent of what most states use as their official china.
Former Indiana First Lady Josie Orr chose to have a Japanese tea set that is decorated with blue flowers as her legacy china.
First Lady Elizabeth “Beth” Bowen selected a beautiful blue and gold pattern called “Noblesse” by Noritake Ivory China.
Former First Lady Whitcomb selected a china pattern called “Rose Point” by Steubenville. Mrs. Whitcomb’s china is the first known pattern in the state’s legacy china collection.