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Fiestaware History

Posted on November 05, 2012 by FiestaFan

Knowing discount Fiestaware requires knowing a bit about the history of Fiesta. Fiestaware is and always has been made by Homer Laughlin China Company. The company began as a two-kiln pottery in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1873. Homer Laughlin and his brother, Shakespeare, founded the company and called it the Ohio Valley Pottery company. Later, they renamed it to Laughlin Bros. Pottery.

Fiesta 6-1/4-Ounce Fruit Bowl in Turquoise

Posted on August 19, 2011 by FiestaFan

Fiesta 6-1/4-Ounce Fruit Bowl from Homer Laughlin in Turquoise color. First, lets talk about Turquoise.  The exact date that Turquoise was added is not documented.  It was not one of the original 5 colors but came along around 1937.  It was considered for one of the original Fiesta colors but didn’t make the cut. These […]

Homer Laughlin Dishes Back Stamp Video

Posted on August 07, 2011 by FiestaFan

From Derik J Green on Youtube: We recently toured the Homer Laughlin China Co. in Newell, WV, where they manufacture Fiesta dishes, among many other lines. It was pretty interesting to see. In this video clip, the plates come off the conveyor, the vacuum hose puts the plate in place, it gets back-stamped on the […]

1941 Fiestaware Gnome

Posted on May 20, 2010 by FiestaFan

I was watching the season finale of the TV show “Bones” tonight (May 20th, 2010) and a murder revolved around a 1941 Fiestaware Gnome. Someone had posted on a fiestaware forum that it was purchased for $12 but worth $50,000!! The gnome was rare because of its big pointed hat that was painted with radioactive […]

Fiestaware Identification: Vintage or New?

Posted on May 18, 2010 by FiestaFan

Fiestaware Identification: Vintage or New? Dating dinnerware, pottery and china from Homer Laughlin”s Fiesta line (often referred to simply as “Fiestaware”), can be quite tricky. In fact, dating Fiesta is the number one topic that was brought up by readers and commenters over at Discount before the site was taken down.. Identifying whether any […]

Where to Sell Vintage Fiestaware

Posted on May 17, 2010 by FiestaFan

Now that you have purchased, collected, and valued your vintage Fiestaware, you may be wondering where you can sell it for a tidy profit. Even though there are many Fiestaware collectors out there, finding one of them may be harder than you think. Still, there are a couple of ways that you can sell your […]

Lead in Fiestaware – Is vintage Fiesta safe? Is modern Fiesta lead free?

Posted on April 15, 2010 by FiestaFan

Lead content is a bit of the redheaded stepchild of both vintage and contemporary dinnerware – including Fiesta. The fear among many consumers is that lead from the glaze can leach into your food and into your body and cause lead poisoning. Homer Laughlin is well aware of this, and has since begun printing “Lead […]

Homer Laughlin China Dinnerware

Posted on December 20, 2009 by FiestaFan

Fiesta Dinnerware was designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead in 1936 and is now among the most collected china products in the world. As originally designed, the line featured art deco styling and bold, bright colors. The product was discontinued in 1973 and reissued in 1986 with new contemporary colors to mark its 50th anniversary. Fiesta […]

Fiesta Markings: Dating Your Vintage Fiestaware

Posted on November 09, 2009 by FiestaFan

Have you ever sorted through your cabinet of Fiestaware and wonder: “How old is this Fiestaware? How much is this Fiestaware worth? How can I tell if my Fiestaware is old or vintage Fiestaware?” The answer to those questions is neither simple nor definitive. There are dozens of markings on Fiestaware and they are often […]

Fiestaware Colors – The Original Fiesta Colors

Posted on November 09, 2009 by FiestaFan

The Fiestaware colors that are the most collectible (and thus fetch the highest price) are the 14 colors produced before 1973, when Fiesta temporarily went out of production. These discontinued Fiestaware colors can be divided into several categories: The Original Fiesta Colors The original colors are cobalt blue, light green, ivory, red, turquoise and yellow. […]

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