Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Heartland Trails Antique Tips: Fiestaware

Known as the first United States ceramic manufacturer to produce American china in the mid-1880′s, Laughlin Brothers’ whiteware was known as being of exceptional quality. The Ohio clay harvested near East Liverpool was ideal for the production of whiteware, turning bright white when fired, and this china was primarily sold to hotels and restaurants as cheap, yet attractive dishware. In 1886, the Homer Laughlin China Company was founded. Later, the company hired Frederick Hurten Rhead as Artistic Director, and Rhead designed a series of streamlined, geometric Art-Deco china which was introduced in 1936 as the Fiesta line of dishware.
The Art-Deco ideals of simple geometric shapes and bold colors were well-welcomed after the period of Victorian decorative excess and Art-Nouveau that followed on its heels, and the Fiesta line was an immediate hit. Aiding its success, Fiesta was introduced at very attractive prices, making it affordable to the mass market with pieces, and sometimes sets, commonly sold for less than a dollar. The original line, introduced in 1936, included over thirty items in five different colors, with new colors added throughout the years.

Homer Laughlin China employs very skilled, hard-working people. This video highlights different aspects of their production process in the 1930's. Just watch that china fly!

1 comment:

  1. As a side note, we'd love to take this moment to thank Innteractive Inns for inviting us to contribute to this fantastic blog!


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