My Favorite Things: Fiestaware

fiestaware in a cupboard

I admit, I’m a collector. It has it’s advantages. You can wander the aisles of the local flea without guilt, because you are always on the hunt for the next perfect addition to your collection.

But how does one decide what to collect? My first collection began out of necessity. My grandmother had recently passed and much of her household had been stored in my mother’s garage. I needed dishes and found a stash of Fiestaware that had belonged to my grandmother. Realizing the set wasn’t complete, I set out to find more pieces. Almost 40 years later, I have begun to divest my collection, but still retain a few special pieces.

Vintage Fiestaware plates
Vintage Fiestaware plates

Over the years I learned much about my beloved dishes. Fiesta was originally created by the Homer Laughlin China Company as an answer to the more casual lifestyle of the 1930s where families ate at the kitchen table rather than the formal dining room. My collection grew to include many rare pieces along with some produced specifically for collectors rather than utilitarian items. My most prized piece is my Cobalt table lamp sold exclusively at J.C. Penney department stores in 1994. They did not sell well, and were quickly discontinued.

My prized Fiesta lamp
My prized Fiesta lamp

Fiestaware became so popular it was brought out of retirement to be renewed in 1986, originally having an exclusive agreement with Bloomingdale’s department store. P86 Fiesta, as it’s known, is now produced in a variety of colors and designs and is widely available. It has the distinction of being the best selling American dinnerware in history.

What do you collect?

Old and new Fiestaware coffee pots.
Old and new Fiestaware coffee pots.

The best is yet to come! Pam, Vintage Renude

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