Fiesta is a line of ceramic dinnerware glazed in differing solid colors manufactured and marketed by the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, West Virginia.The original shapes, glazes and concept of combining various colors were designed by the company’s art director Frederick Hurten Rhead in the 1930s. The dinnerware was introduced for retail sales to great success in 1936. Homer Laughlin withdrew Fiesta from production in 1973 in response to declining sales before reintroducing the line in 1985. Some of the original shapes were redesigned and other new shapes were designed as part of the 1985 reintroduction by the late Jonathan O. Parry, who became the company art director in 1984.The name of this line of dinnerware has always been simply Fiesta, despite being informally referred to by customers as Fiesta Ware.
Fiestaware was introduced in 1936 by the Homer Laughlin China Company. This is very colorful dinnerware. Fiestaware was redesigned in 1969 and was withdrawn from the market in 1973. Fiestaware was reissued in 1986 and still being produced today. These pieces where in different colors from the original line of Fiestaware. Fiestaware cups had full circle handles until 1969, when partial circle handles were introduced. [Read more…]