From Launch to Legacy: The Best Fiesta® Color Introduction

Sunflower IntroductionSince the re-introduction of Fiesta® in 1986, we have introduced 32 new shades of dinnerware to the world.  With each introduction there has been much anticipation and a whole lot of chatter about what is to come.  The final reveal is just as exciting for us as it is for our fans and we always look forward to the response to our newest shade.  

With this year’s new color introduction just a few short days away (!) we thought it would be fun to take a look back at our most popular color introduction of all (P-86) time: Scarlet.

Fiesta Scarlet Strawberry

The year was 2004 and the atmosphere was ripe for a burst of bright color.  Although it was the most requested color for many years prior, a true red glaze had never before been possible in ceramic dinnerware.  We almost introduced our red shade in 2003, but we all agreed that it wasn’t quite what we were looking for.  Our color pigment suppliers asked for a little more time to perfect the true red pigment.  We held back for that one year and the resulting glaze was perfect.  Fiesta® had achieved the best true red glaze on the market (an honor we maintain to this day).  

Scarlet Canister

Scarlet’s introduction was a major breakthrough in color development in the ceramic dinnerware industry and it was just as exciting for us to introduce, as it was for our fans who have coveted the cheery shade since it’s big reveal.  Scarlet has been our best-selling color since that day. 

The only other color introductions to come close in popularity to Scarlet were Lemongrass and Lapis.

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Fiesta® Lollipop Topiary

Fiesta Lollipop Topiary

If you’re a sucker for sweets, you’ll love this fun craft, which puts a whimsical twist on a classic botanical design:  the topiary.  Perfect for gift giving or as an attention getting centerpiece, our version incorporates the shapely Fiesta® Hostess Bowl and more lollipops than we care to admit.   The result, however, is a stunning and clever work of art that can be devoured one lollipop at a time. 

To make the Lollipop Topiary you will need the following items:

  • 2-6” Foam Balls (or 1-6″ Ball and 1-4″or 5″ Ball)
  • Wooden Dowel,  5/16” diameter
  • Green Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Duct Tape
  • Fiesta® Hostess Bowl, any color
  • 250 small lollipops, such as Dum-Dums

Fiesta Topiary Ingredients

To assemble your topiary, first paint one of the foam balls with the green craft paint.  This will become the grassy mound supporting your tree.  Go ahead and paint the wooden dowel while you are at.  Allow to dry completely. 

Paint the Topiary Ball

While the paint is drying, you can start appling the sweet blossoms of the tree.   To do this, simply insert the stick of the lollipop into the remaining (unpainted) foam ball and press gently until the entire stick is submerged in the foam.  Repeat with all two-hundred-and-some-odd lollipops, making sure to space them close enough so that no foam shows through.  

While we chose to go over-the-top with a large 6” foam ball, a smaller 4” or 5” foam ball would work well and require less pops (and perhaps less duct tape). 

Adding Lollipops to Fiesta Topiary

Once the paint has dried, place the newly green foam ball in the Hostess Bowl.  For an extra secure structure, we used a generous amount of duct tape in the bottom of the bowl to help stabilize the ball. Once this foam ball is in place, carefully insert the wooden dowel into the lollipop covered foam ball, about half way inside.  With a gentle (but confident) motion, plunge the bottom of the dowel into the green foam ball so that the lollipops are elevated above the base.  Now step back and admire!

Fiesta Lollipop Topiary Tree

 

 

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