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  • Fiesta (dinnerware)

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    A display of FiestaFiesta, often called Fiestaware, is a line of ceramic glazed dinnerware manufactured and marketed by the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, West Virginia since its introduction in 1936, with a hiatus from 1973 to 1985. Fiesta is noted for its Art Deco styling featuring concentric circles—and its range of solid colors. Both Fiesta's original shapes and its glazes were designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, Homer Laughlin's art director. Several of the original shapes were redesigned (and other new shapes added) by Jonathan O. Parry, who became Homer Laughlin's art director in 1984. When the Fiesta line was re-introduced in 1986, it featured a more durable, vitreous composition. Fiesta is sold in sets or from "open stock" where customers can select by the piece, mixing and matching from the entire color range. According to the Smithsonian Institution Press, Fiesta's appeal lies in its colors, design, and affordability. In 2002, The New York Times called Fiesta "the most collected brand of china in the United States".

  • Ironstone china

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    An ironstone pitcher and washbowl. Ironstone's resistance to chipping made it a popular material for pitchers and other everyday tableware in the 19th century.Ironstone china, ironstone ware or most commonly just ironstone, is a type of vitreous pottery first made in the United Kingdom in the early 19th century. It is often classed as earthenware although in appearance and properties it is similar to fine stoneware. It was developed in the 19th century by potters in Staffordshire, England as a cheaper, mass-produced alternative for porcelain. There is no iron in ironstone; its name is derived from its notable strength and durability. Ironstone in Britain's Staffordshire potteries was closely associated with the company founded by Charles James Mason following his patent of 1813, with the name subsequently becoming generic. The strength of Mason's ironstone body enabled the company to produce ornamental objects of considerable size including vestibule vases 1.5 metres high and mantelpieces assembled from several large sections. Antique ironstone wares are collectable, and in particular items made by Mason's.

  • Homer Laughlin China Company

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    The Homer Laughlin China Company is an American ceramics manufacturer located in Newell, West Virginia, United States, which is best known for producing the Fiesta line of dinnerware. Homer Laughlin is one of two potteries under the HLC Inc. brand, the other being Hall China.

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