Le Creuset began in France in 1925 as a porcelain-enamel cast-iron factory. In 1987, it was purchased by Paul Van Zuydam, the current owner. After much success in Europe, Le Creuset expanded internationally and now supplies ceramic cookware, bakeware, and dinnerware in more than 60 countries worldwi... Read Morede. Known for its Dutch ovens, Le Creuset carries more than just pots and pans. The brand's cookware and bakeware are made of enamel-finished cast iron, making them strong as well as dishwasher-safe, chip-resistant, and odor-resistant. Le Creuset's Dutch ovens are designed for slow-cooking meals. Their tight-fitting lids seal in moisture and heat so food can cook inside for hours. Most Le Creuset skillets, saute pans, stockpots, soup pots, saucepans, and sauciers come in traditional cast iron, as well as stainless steel -- a lighter and more versatile option. Cookware products are hard-anodized and have a nonstick coating for easy cleanup. Le Creuset also offers a wide range of specialty cookware such as woks, tagines, crepe pans, and fondue pots. Mixing and measuring bowls are available in stoneware, steel, and silicone. Le Creuset also offers a large selection of cutlery, wine and bar tools, and kitchen textiles such as oven mitts, pot holders, and aprons. Le Creuset's sturdy and durable stone dinnerware and serveware come in a variety of colors and sizes. Dinnerware comes in four- and 16-piece sets, or pieces can be purchased separately. Le Creuset also has a large assortment of glassware, including champagne flutes and wineglass sets.