Preserving the legacy of Syracuse China

Syracuse China, which is ending production at its Lyncourt plant on Thursday, is donating thousands of pieces from its collection to local groups as a legacy to the community.Debbie Ryan, the Everson Museum's senior curator, has selected 250 pieces which connect the tableware manufacturer to the art of ceramics. Many of them were designed by Adelaide Robineau, the famous Syracuse ceramicist. Ryan says Robineau was hired by Syracuse China in 1909 to bring a more artistic look to the company's china. Her grape vine tableware was one of the first patterns produced at the Lyncourt plant, newly built in 1922. Action News watched as a saucer, stamped with the date and other identifiers, was unpacked from dozens of Syracuse China boxes now in the Everson basement. Ryan says the pieces will go on display, but will also be photographed and put on the museum's website to let the community see the Syracuse China legacy more easily.