Perhaps we’re old fashioned but we like the simplistic design of Fiesta’s Homer Laughlin China. This ceramic ringware is produced in the USA and can be microwaved or put in the oven. Fiesta was something my great grandmother used, and therefore I am the fourth generation using it. I still have some of her original pieces!
Fiesta is durable and well made. I use it daily in my kitchen and unless I full on drop it from high up, it lasts. As for price, it appears to be more expensive than other lines but you can get great deals shopping during sales and you’re paying for something to last that you won’t have to replace therefore making it actually more cost effective. Although the casseroles may seem pricey, they are worth it as they don’t stick and clean up easy if something should build up on the edge.
Homer Laughlin company was smart in marketing to keep retiring old colors (making them collectible) and introducing new colors. The Rainbow of colors suck us in.
For 2015, new colors include Sage and Slate and retired include Chocolate. Ironically, collectors will tell you that some colors are only a hue of difference, but this makes for great rainbows of fun in the kitchen.
Fiesta retails to you direct, and in stores like Macy’s and Kohl’s. If you are lucky enough to visit the Factory Outlet, you may get some scratch and dent items for much less than sales in department stores. I visited once in 2000 and found some rejects of customer work which I happily added to my collection. Also quality control is very important in the factory as humans still run the assembly lines and check everything. Dripped, sloppy or pocs in glaze are often added to the bargain basement bin.
Suffice to say there’s almost too much Fiesta to go around. One will have to carefully mix and match their favorite colors or just add examples of everything to a line. Fiesta has made it perfectly okay to use mismatched china in one table setting.
Simply put, the colors added to the quality of products possibly were responsible for keeping them going strong all these years. Happy to see a Made in USA business thriving as it should be.
You can find a list of retired items here on their website. They also do custom orders.
Below, look how stunning chicken soup with dumplings looks in a Peacock colored Fiesta soup bowl. Makes for an attractive display and design worthy for sure.
Find the original Chicken Soup recipe here.