Original designs on Melamine Plates and Platters

Portland, Oregon · 4907 Sales


Original designs on Melamine Plates and Platters

Portland, Oregon 4907 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   TheMadPlatters' melamine plates and platters range from approachable decadence to darling macabre. There is something sweetly quirky for all tastes including original Lina CAVALIERI designs with mid-century and retro touches. See our Pinterest, Visit our vintage book page art print shop at


Last updated on Sep 18, 2016

TheMadPlatters' melamine plates and platters range from approachable decadence to darling macabre. There is something sweetly quirky for all tastes including original Lina CAVALIERI designs with mid-century and retro touches. See our Pinterest, Visit our vintage book page art print shop at

Jean and Kit Cody

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Jean and Kit Cody

Pisces constellation melamine platter
Pisces zodiac, constellation melamine plate
Malachite melamine platter
bird cage melamine plate dinnerware
juggling 2 Cavalieri melamine plate
Blue skies melamine dinnerware
Moose, radiant orchid moose melamine plate
Pigs fly plate mint green
giraffe blue sky melamine plate
moose running in blue sky melamine plate
pothead melamine plate, dandelion III
Pothead melamine plate, Choose One
three twins Cavalieri melamine dinnerware
Animal Stack melamine platter
Balloon no. 2 melamine plate
Heron melamine plate
Heron Melamine Serving Platter
bear, red bear engraving melamine plate
coffee, tea, or me melamine plate
Fox, red fox engraving melamine plattter
Insects III and bees melamine plate
Bees featured in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine
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5 out of 5 stars

tokc on Nov 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Plates are FANFKNTASTIC I love them❤️

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I absolutely love sharing this spectacular feedback from one of my fabulous and recent Lina Cavalieri plate customers.

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Royal II Cavalieri melamine plate
Happy holidays to you! I added my fishy plate for a fun holiday mood to this fabulous table setting I borrowed from the wonderful

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something fishy, Cavalieri melamine plate
One of a set of four melamine dinnerware plates especially for Halloween. choose one design or all four. I found this great table scape at

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Halloween skeleton parts melamine plates
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It's fun to see a design transformed into a melamine plate.

Hooray! Melamine plates are back and we are so lucky to have customers that like TheMadPlatters plates and platters.

I joined Etsy in 2007 and I can't imagine life without my Etsy shops! TheMadPlatters Etsy shop is presently one of our two shops. Many of our plates and platters feature designs directly related to our Dictionary Page Art Prints and the famous Lina Cavalieri engraving at our other shop, TheMadPlatter plates are my original plate designs mostly sourced from vintage or antique artwork, enhanced and/or altered by me. My husband, Kit helps with processing customer orders and lots of miscellaneous tasks and where ever help is needed. Kit also does most of the cooking so I have more time to create.

THE PROCESS: While I design my plates here in my home studio, each is “made to order” by a third party, a melamine plate manufacturer in the USA. Once I've completed a plate design and put it into the format for the manufacturing process, the template needs approval from the manufacturer. Once approved, I order a test run plate to see the design in person, that is as a melamine plate. Sometimes the design is not as envisioned once it becomes a plate requiring modifications and several test runs.

When an Etsy customer places an order I contact the manufacturer with all the necessary information to manufacture their custom plate. Manufacturing turn around time is usually about 5 business days but can be up to ten. To expedite shipping time and save shipping fees, the USA company that manufactures my plates ships them to my customers instead of to me (so I am not shipping once again - on to my customers).

THeMadPlatters ORIGINAL CAVALIERI FACE PLATES: I fell in love with the well known Lina Cavalieri portrait. In an old interview with the Piero Fornasetti, Piero indicated he found the Lina Cavalieri face in a 19th century magazine. Quoting the interview: "What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman? I don't know," he admits, "I began to make them and I never stopped."

Myself, I appreciate the "I never stopped" part of this story! I too love creating new designs using the Lina Cavalieri portrait. It's devilishly addictive :)

Both Kit and I feel very lucky to have found Etsy and especially thankful for customers that enjoy our melamine plates! Thank You!

Melmac is a brand name of dinnerware molded from melamine resin made by American Cyanamid most popular in the 1940's and 1950's.
Melamine dinnerware is created with the use of melamine and was most popular in the 1940's and 1950's. First developed in the 1940s, melamine resin is easily molded into a number of different shapes and is extremely durable. During the middle of the 20th century, Melmac dinnerware could be found in just about every home in the United States.
In construction, Melmac is used for just about any type of dinnerware. Melmac serving bowls were common, as well as plates, cups, and glasses. Any type of color pigment could be added to the melamine during the molding process. As a result, Melmac dinnerware was created in a number of colors and patterns. During the decade of the 1950’s, solid but somewhat muted colors such as seafoam or pea green were popular. The 1960s saw the creation of many interesting color combinations, including some that reflected the psychedelic look that was so popular in fashion during the latter part of the decade.
Along with use in the home, Melmac was often used in school cafeterias. Utilizing a round or rectangular design, Melmac trays were often divided into sections that made it possible to easily place each entrée, vegetable, and dessert into place while going through the line. Many designs even included a slot that was ideal for the placement of a half-pint of milk or a coffee cup.
One of the main attributes of Melmac is the durability. The lightweight plastic construction holds up very well. The dinnerware can be washed by hand or placed in a dishwasher with equal ease. Unlike china, ceramic or glass, Melmac does not shatter when dropped. Households with children found Melmac to be ideal for use at informal family dinners as well as with cookouts in the back yard.
By the end of the 1970s, Melmac had declined in popularity as other forms of crockery began to appear. Still, the sturdiness of the dinnerware has meant that many pieces manufactured decades ago still survive. Collectors can find Melmac at many online auctions sites. Yard and estate sales are excellent sources of Melmac dishes at low prices. While no longer in common use in a lot of household situations, Melmac has begun to achieve a certain distinction as a decorative item, especially in kitchens that are designed around a Fifties or Sixties theme.


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Shop members

  • Jean Cody

    Owner, Designer

    I've always had a passion for nature and beautiful things. I grew up in the country and many of my earliest memories are of all the wonders to be found exploring the dense woods behind us and in that creek running through our yard.

  • Kit Cody

    Husband + Helper

    My hobby is woodworking -and- helping Jean with handling customer plate and platter orders.


  • Melamine Dinnerware made here in the USA

    United States

    The manufacturer has been creating customized melamine dinnerware for over 40 years and is located in the USA. We have worked together since 2011.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 25, 2016
We are delighted to have found Etsy and I hope you are too! Your taking the time to familiarize yourself with our shop policies is appreciated.

Plates are best in person! It seems impossible to capture the color and details of the artwork for the web view. PLEASE NOTE: that the view online will vary between different monitors and the view on a monitor differs some from the plate in person.

The Mad Platters is our 2nd Etsy shop. Many of my plates and platters feature designs directly related to my Dictionary Page Art Prints found at

Please visit my Pinterest for inspiration;

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Order will be processed once payment is received.
HOLIDAY SEASON: It may take us longer than usual to process your order this time of year, but it should arrive within the specified time frame, and I'll email you when it's on its way.

USA DELIVERY TIME: Melamine plates are made to order. Production time is 5 to 10 business days. Delivery time is 3 to 5 business days. I will send email notification of shipping date.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Melamine plates are made to order. Production time is 5 to 10 business days. Delivery time varies for location but averages around 3 weeks. Please note that UPS indicates international shipments can take up to 21 business days. I will send notification of shipping date with tracking number.

HAWAII & PUERTO RICO: Shipping cost is higher and I will need to REQUEST additional shipping fee that is not yet paid in order to ship your purchase. Your ORDER WILL BE HELD until the balance of shipping is paid -or- you may CANCEL your order.


1 Plate ................$5.95 USPS Priority Mail
2 plates...............$8.99 USPS Priority Mail
3 plates...............$8.99 USPS Priority Mail
4 - 7 plates........$10.99 USPS Priority Mail
8 - 20 plates.......$14.95 FedEx Ground
21 - 30 plates.......$16.95 FedEx Ground

1 Plate .............$15.00 International UPS Mail Innovations Priority
2 plates...........$22.50 International UPS Mail Innovations Priority
3 plates...........$30.00 International UPS Mail Innovations Priority
4 plates............$37.50 International UPS Mail Innovations Priority
5 or more ...Add $7.50 (to the above amount $37.50) for each additional plate
Refunds and Exchanges
We want you to be happy with your purchases. Please thoroughly read items title, description, and view images before purchase. If I've missed something in my item description or image and you have question, please notify me and ask as many questions as you like about the item you wish to buy before placing an order.

Everything in my shop is CUSTOM MADE just for you when your order is placed. Items CUSTOM MADE can receive refund or replacement ONLY if there is a defect in the plate. Please notify me within 30 days if your plate is defective. The manufacturer does not otherwise give refunds on CUSTOM MADE products.

Seller cannot be responsible for packages after they have been tracked as "DELIVERED" to the shipping address.

Customer will need to cover any additional shipping costs for re-shipping.

International customers must contact us within two months with any type of delivery problems. Seller cannot be responsible for shipments over 2 months old.
Additional policies and FAQs
YOUR AND MY MONITORS: Plates are best when viewed in person. Please note that the view online will vary between different monitors and THE VIEW ON A MONITOR DIFFERS FROM THE PLATE IN PERSON. This is unavoidable. Some my listings look faded on my husband's monitor while showing brilliant color on my calibrated monitor, and if you have a wide screen monitor, the colors on your monitor will be overly saturated and/or bright. I keep my working monitor calibrated to ensure a professional working environment.

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION for theMadPlatters plates/designs: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED and for personal use only. Unauthorized copying will constitute an infringement of copyright. Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank You!

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