This year, the most-collected dinnerware line in American history, Homer Laughlin’s renowned
Fiesta pattern, celebrates its 75th anniversary! To commemorate this special occasion, the company has produced a limited-edition color, Marigold, to be produced for only 75 weeks. In addition to this special color, the company is also producing a limited number of tureens in Marigold – this is the first tureen to be produced in Marigold, and only 10,000 will be made! Homer Laughlin is also producing a series of special 75th Anniversary ornaments in a variety of colors, including Cobalt Blue, Lemongrass, Scarlet, Sunflower, and others to commemorate the
Fiesta pattern. This month we offer a cheerful assortment of pieces in the special Marigold color, including pitchers, serving platters, round vegetable bowls, mugs, and more, along with the special edition tureen and ornaments. These special edition pieces will help create a fun atmosphere for your guests, and will make wonderful year-round serving pieces and accents for your home. These items are also spectacular and thoughtful gift items for the
Fiesta was designed by Homer Laughlin’s art director, Frederic Rhead, in 1936. Beginning at age 19, Rhead took a number of jobs around the world that included working as art director for Wardel Pottery, Roseville Pottery, and as professor of ceramics and pottery at University City Pottery in St. Louis. Rhead became a huge success within the ceramics and pottery industry due to his ability to adapt to changing tastes and new trends in applied art. Whether art nouveau, arts and crafts, naif, art deco, or modern international, Rhead could produce aesthetically pleasing pottery seemingly at will.
Fiesta was designed for the “modern America” of the mid-1930s and featured concentric circles and an array of solid, brightly colored pieces that were meant to be mixed and matched. The pattern’s very popular design broke with tradition by shedding the formality of floral motifs on bone china. During the design process for
Fiesta, several line drawings were approved by Homer Laughlin himself and permission was granted to begin making the molds. Rhead worked with Dr. A. V. Bleninger and H.W. Thiemecke on this portion of the project. In an article for the “Pottery and Glass Journal,” Rhead said that picking the final colors for the original
Fiesta was one of the more difficult parts of the process. Five colors were initially introduced in 1936 - Red, Cobalt Blue, Light Green, Yellow, and Ivory, with Turquoise being released in 1937.
Ironically, Homer Laughlin developed hundreds of colors with varying tones and hues to be tested on
Fiesta molds. The final colors were picked by arranging sets of plates on a table, with Homer Laughlin personally noting consumers’ reactions to each set. The original six colors and those later added in the 1950s are referred to as original or vintage “Fiesta.” More colors were added in the late 1960s. Fierce foreign competition caused Homer Laughlin to discontinue the
Fiesta line in January 1973. It was determined that the company should focus its energies on new and different product lines. In 1986 however,
Fiesta was reintroduced via a co-marketing arrangement with Bloomingdale’s. The colors that were introduced as part of this arrangement were considered pale pastels by today’s
Fiesta standards, but the reintroduction was a huge success. Bloomingdale’s quickly (and understandably) requested that more colors be made. Today, colors are added and discontinued based on consumer tastes. In addition to an array of older pieces available for
Fiesta collectors, Replacements, Ltd. also offers wonderful sets of newer pieces (at exceptional values) in a kaleidoscope of fun colors for setting a great “everyday” table.
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