New for Christmas 2017

Get the stockings and mistletoe back out, because our new patterns and items for Christmas 2017 are sure to put everyone right back in the holiday spirit!

O Christmas Tree plate, O Christmas Tree plate! First, and possibly most exciting, we have a new Christmas Tree Shaped Plate for all your holiday cookies and appetizers. This faux fir is 10” x 9” at its widest point and will be available later this year in Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Shamrock.

 

May your dishes be merry and bright with our new pattern for the holidays! Our Merry and Bright decal will be available on our 9” Luncheon Plate and Tapered Mug, offering a fun and whimsical alternative to our Christmas Tree decorated dishes.

 

 

On the 12th day of Christmas, Fiesta is giving to you the final installments of the 12 Days of Christmas series with 9 ladies dancing (Fiesta dancing ladies, of course), 10 lords a leaping, 11 pipers piping, and 12 drummers drumming. Designs will be available as a set of 4 Salad Plates and 4 Java Mugs.

 

You can never have enough Christmas Tree pattern, which is why we’re adding serving pieces to this popular collection, including the Large Covered Casserole, Large Bistro Bowl, 2017 Ornament, and 5pc Entertaining Set.

 

These  jolly Snowmen will be decorating our Luncheon Plates and Tapered Mugs this Christmas! Aren’t they adorable?

 

The Christmas Tree collection, Tree Plates, Twelve Days of Christmas, and Merry and Bright will be available at better department stores, independent retailers, .coms, and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com by August 2017.

How do you like to decorate your Fiesta tabletop for Christmas? Share your ideas on social media using #fiestadinnerware. PS: We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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National Pecan Day

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Happy National Pecan Day! Instead of going with the classic Pecan Pie to celebrate the day, we decided to get a little more creative and make some Pecan turtles! Turtles are perfect for big and little kids alike, and look especially appetizing on our Scarlet Baking/Pizza Tray.

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Pecan Day Turtles
A tasty way to bring in the holiday!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pecan halves
  2. 1 12oz. bag of dark chocolate chips
  3. 1 11oz. bad of wrapped caramel candies
  4. 2 tsp. vanilla
  5. 2 tbsp. whipping cream
  6. Sea salt to top
Instructions
  1. Place pecan halves on baking sheet and bake on 375 for 3 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Use a double boiler to melt unwrapped caramels, cream, and vanilla. This process will take longer than the chocolate chips.
  3. Use a second double boiler to melt chocolate chips.
  4. Line a Baking/Pizza Tray with parchment paper and add 6 globs of chocolate, spread out evenly over the tray. Place 5 pecan halves in a turtle arrangement in chocolate globs. Put tray in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set.
  5. After chocolate has set, take tray out and add a glob of melted caramel onto each turtle. Return tray to fridge to set caramel.
  6. Once caramel has set, take tray out of fridge and dollop on remaining chocolate so that the caramel is covered.
  7. Add sea salt to each turtle.
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Mint Chocolate Brownies

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St. Patrick’s Day is closing in, so we wanted to celebrate one of our favorite colors in the Fiesta spectrum: Shamrock! So get those Shamrock Square Bakers ready, because we’re making a quick and easy dessert that’s totally leprechaun approved: Mint Chocolate Brownies.

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These magically minty confections might just be the treasure at the end of the rainbow- the Fiesta rainbow, that is. The best part about them is that you can use boxed or homemade brownies, depending on how much time you have. We used a box this time, but would love to try this recipe homemade as well. That’s right, they’re so good that we’re already planning round two. No shame.

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The key to these tasty treats is the mint. We added mint extract and crumbled mint cookies to get the perfect fresh taste to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate. But, don’t forget the green food coloring or you’re sure to be pinched!

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Mint Chocolate Brownies
Refreshingly delicious brownies that are perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
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Ingredients
  1. Boxed brownies (we chose dark chocolate for ours) or your own homemade recipe
  2. 2 teaspoons mint extract
  3. 1 jar (7oz) marshmallow fluff
  4. 1 package Mint Oreo cookies
  5. 10 drops of green food coloring (more or less, depending on your favorite shade of mint)
Instructions
  1. Prepare brownies according to directions on box, or make your own and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine marshmallow fluff, mint extract, and green food coloring. Mix contents very well.
  3. In a small bowl, crumble Oreo cookies (about half of the package).
  4. Pour fluff mixture over cooled brownies and spread evenly. Top with cookie crumbles.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The HLC Factory

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Have you ever wondered where Fiesta Dinnerware is made? You probably know that our dinnerware is 100% made in the USA, but what you might not know is that our factory is located in the small, single stoplight town of Newell, WV. Another little known fact is that our dinnerware has been produced in the same factory for over a century. It is impossible to have a building that old without a few quirks and a lot of history, so without further ado, we present our favorite fun facts about the Homer Laughlin China factory.

  1. Something old, something new. The Homer Laughlin China factory in Newell, WV is 108 years old! Although 108 is very old for a pottery factory, this is actually our new factory. Our original headquarters were located across the Ohio River in East Liverpool, OH from 1877 to 1907. The reason for the move was that the company was growing rapidly and there was not enough room in East Liverpool to accommodate the growth. Therefore, in 1902, a tract of land was purchased (from the Newell family) across the river and development began on the town of Newell. During 1905 and 1906, the company constructed plant #4, which at that time, was the largest pottery plant ever built in the world.East End Plant Shot BW
  2. Trolley Line. The construction of the new factory, though necessary, posed somewhat of a problem. The factory workers were still living in East Liverpool and needed an easy way to commute to work. Thus, a trolley line was built to transport workers across the river. Workers were let off their shifts 5 minutes early every day to catch the trolley back to East Liverpool. The trolley line was such a valued tradition at Homer Laughlin, our present day workers still leave work 5 minutes early, like they are off to catch the trolley, too. 
  3. Haunted HLC. We’re sure that it will not come as a shock to hear that a factory as old as ours has its share of ghost stories. Many workers in the factory have reported hearing footsteps when no one was around, garbage cans being moved, and even experiencing their hair being pulled when they were alone. Other employees have sworn that they’ve seen white figures darting around the showroom. Some have pictures of footprints in the factory that start and stop out of nowhere. Once, a worker even witnessed a clay mold being thrown across a room while completely alone. Are these just made up ghost stories? Or is it really Homer Laughlin checking up on his factory?
  4. HLC Showroom. The showroom in the Homer Laughlin China factory is where our products are put on display for clients and visitors to view. The showroom that we use today opened in January 1922 and has undergone little change. Though it is almost a century old, the showroom has a certain elegance that can’t be replicated by modern architecture.Show Room 1921
  5. Mile long factory. In order to produce so much dinnerware, we require quite a lot of space! Luckily, our factory is a mile long in order to house all of the equipment needed. Imagine the workout our factory workers get!
  6. Museum. With all of the history housed in the factory, we needed a place to show it off. That’s why we added a museum to our factory to give visitors a better look into the history of our product. In the museum, you can find vintage dinnerware, retired patterns, and old photographs of workers in the factory from as far back as the 1920s!
  7. museumshotTours. Want a closer look at the machinery used in making Fiesta Dinnerware and Homer Laughlin China? Tours of the factory are available for those who sign up. Get a first hand look at the process from clay to cup and learn some more history along the way. You can call 1-800-452-4462 (Option #1) to set up your tour!
  8. The best potters. We pride ourselves on bringing you the best dinnerware in the world, and for that we need the best potters in the world. As workers enter the factory they walk beneath this sign, which serves as a constant reminder of our dedication to excellent service:
  9. Portals pass the best pottersProduction. Don’t have time to come for a tour of the pottery? Don’t sweat it! We have several videos on our YouTube channel that show highlights of how our dinnerware is made. Check out this one made by Manufacturing Marvels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvM54kmKLH0
  10. Morgue. This sounds depressing, but hang with us. Ever wonder where the rejected prototypes go that don’t make it to production? Or where some of the old Homer Laughlin ware is stored that isn’t displayed in the museum? They are housed in a room in the factory known as the morgue that is kept locked at all times. Could we have come up with a more lighthearted name for it? Maybe.

 

 

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Fiesta Hacks

FIESTA HACKS (3)copyHere at Homer Laughlin, we love thinking outside the box when it comes to using Fiesta. We believe that with our unique shapes and vivid colors, our dinnerware needs to be displayed as often as possible, instead of always being hidden in a cupboard! That’s why we started brainstorming alternative uses for our beloved dinnerware. We want to be able to flaunt our Fiesta, no matter what we’re doing! So get out your pens and paper, you might want to write these down 🙂

 

Cake/Cupcake Stand

Looking for a stylish way to show off your decadent desserts? Try using our Cake Plate with a Hostess Bowl flipped upside down as a stand! For tinier treats, swap the bowl for a Bouillon and the cake plate for a Saucer.

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Office Necessities

Here’s a fun way to brighten up your desk: use a Tumbler for pens, a Bouillon for rubber bands, a Ramekin for paper clips, a Sugar Packet Caddy for post-its, and a Toothbrush Holder for odds and ends. Your desk will be the talk of the office; just don’t forget the coffee in our Square Mug!

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Paint Palette

For all you artists out there, what better way to separate your paints than with our Egg Plate? The bright colors and cool designs of Fiesta are sure to trigger creativity. You can even keep your brushes clean in our Java Mug!

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Flowerpot

Of course you could use our Medium Vase for flowers, but we decided to get a little more creative. Here we used our Toothbrush Holder – perfect for short stemmed flowers! We’ve also seen collectors use Tumblers, Teapots, and even Disc Pitchers as vases. With Fiesta, the possibilities are endless!

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Do you have any Fiesta hacks? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know

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Did you know that Fiesta Dinnerware is 79 years old? Wow! In all of those years, we have certainly collected some interesting facts and stories. Here are 10 of our favorites:

1. Reintroduction. As some of you may know, Fiesta was discontinued in 1973 and reintroduced in 1986 with the new colors Rose, Black, White, Cobalt Blue, and Apricot. However, these were not the only glazes that were created for Fiesta’s reintroduction. The 5 colors that were selected were based on the opinions of retailers who unanimously agreed on Rose, Black, White, Cobalt Blue, and Apricot. Had they been drawn to the other colors we presented, you might have ended up with these in your P86 collection:

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2. Production. By the time it takes you to read this sentence, another piece of Fiesta will have been made. Based on production capacity, HLC produces one piece of Fiesta every four seconds. Not too shabby!

3. Hostess Bowl. We’ve recently seen a lot of collectors thinking outside the box when using their Fiesta, which we love! One piece in particular that is often used in Fiesta hacks is the Hostess Bowl flipped upside down, which makes sense, as it was originally designed to be used that way. J. C. Penney’s approached us in the 90’s asking for a base for large pillar candles. We presented an item that used design components from the bottom of the Raspberry Bowl, but Penney’s buyer wasn’t sold on it. That is, until he turned it upside down; thus, the Hostess Bowl was born! Coincidentally, that JCP buyer is now our Vice President of Retail Sales!

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4. American Fiesta. Maybe you’ve heard of this one. In 2007, a play was produced called “American Fiesta” and was based on, you guessed it, collecting Fiesta dinnerware. Although there were other themes in the play than just collecting Fiesta, we were still flattered that we made it onto the stage!

5. Uranium. As some of you might already know, the Homer Laughlin China Co, along with the other top potteries in the US, used to use scant amounts of uranium in glazes to achieve the vivid colors associated with vintage Fiesta. We have long since eliminated uranium from our dinnerware, but not before we got an interesting visit during WWII from US government officials, demanding our storage of uranium. We were just making glazes, Mr. President!

6. Fiesta Proposal. We have heard many a Fiesta love story over the years, but we think this one might just take the cake: In September of 2011, a man and woman visited the outlet together for a shopping trip while on their vacation. Little did she know that he had contacted us prior to their trip to request a custom Marigold plate with the words “Will you marry me?” written on it. The plate was set out in front of the store when the couple arrived. When she saw it, he got onto one knee and proposed. How could you say no to that!

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7. Famous Fiesta. Fiesta is the star of our kitchens, but did you know it has also appeared next to stars on the big screen and television? You can see our colorful dinnerware in A Christmas Story, The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and more! Are we forgetting any of your favorites?

8. The #1 Color. Of course we don’t have a favorite color (we love them all!), but as far as sales go, there is one color that reigns supreme: Scarlet. Ever since Scarlet’s introduction to the Fiesta line in 2004, it has topped the charts in sales. Even when a new color is introduced, it always falls short to our ravishing red.

9. Museum. With all of the fascinating history behind HLC, it seemed selfish of us to keep it to ourselves! There is a Ceramics Museum located across the river from the factory, honoring all of the potteries that originated in the area, but if you’re looking for something a little closer to the factory, then look no further than our personal museum located in our outlet store. Factory tours end with a venture into the museum, and with all of the retired colors and vintage pieces on display in our museum, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to Fiesta heaven!

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10. Rhead & Wells. As you might already know, Frederick Hurten Rhead is credited with the design of Fiesta. However, the idea for the bright colors actually came from Joseph M. Wells, Sr., the general manager and 2nd generation family member of the company. Wells had seen colored glazes at a houseware show in California and brought the idea back to West Virginia. It was his philosophy that brightly colored dinnerware would, in turn, brighten everyone’s spirits. They certainly needed it, as the introduction of Fiesta occurred during the Great Depression. The idea, as you might have guessed, stuck, and 79 years later, we continue to be charmed by our colorful Fiesta.

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