To dream about dishes signifies thoughts, concerns, and notions. It could also represent a play on words, as in you're 'dishing' something out to others. If the dishes are not clean, then you don't have a promising or beneficial view of the future. You may have taken some aspects of your life for granted and failed to deal with your feelings.
If you dream that you are washing dishes indicates that you are failing to get past a situation and could miss the next opportunity that presents itself.
To dream about shelves of polished dishes signifies that you are making your best effort or are working on laying a good foundation with a new acquaintance or supervisor.
To dream of broken dishes indicates a sense of being insufficient. You could sense that you are not living up to what others expect of you.
*Please See Also Plates.