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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. This plant was one of the first whiteware plants in the U.S. and the company won the prize for “best whiteware” at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. A couple of years later, Shakespeare parted ways with Homer, who subsequently sold the company to a group of investors. After the sale, the company was moved by its owners – the Aaron brothers Louis, Charles and Marcus – to Newell, West Virginia in 1907.

To this day, this is where the famed Fiestaware factory stands. Fiesta, however, wasn’t introduced until the 1920s. The key shift came when Dr. Albert V. Bleiniger converted the factory from bottle kilns to the tunnel kilns, effectively boosting the efficiency of Homer Laughlin China Company. This paved the way for designer Frederick Hurten Rhead to begin working on a new line of pottery that featured simple, rugged design and solid, bold colors that would change the way that we think of dinnerware today.

By 1935, the first set of Fiesta dinnerware rolled out from the factory – and the rest is history. Timeline of Homer Laughlin China Company History 1873 Founded in East Liverpool, Ohio as Ohio Valley Pottery by Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin; later renamed Laughlin Bros. Pottery • 1876 Laughlin Bros. Pottery wins award for best whiteware at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia • 1879 Shakespeare Laughlin sells his interest in the company and moves on. • 1897 Homer Laughlin incorporates the company and sells it to the Aaron brothers, along with William E. Wells. • 1907 New 30-kiln plant built in Newell, West Virginia • 1920 Dr. Albert V. Bleininger joins the company and converts the company to tunnel kilns • 1927 Frederick Hurten Rhead joins the company as a designer • 1935 Fiesta ware is introduced to the market Today, there are now special lines of holiday Fiestaware, such as Autumn and Fall Fiestaware products suggested.

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