Fiesta dinnerware is an iconic style of dinnerware that is easily recognizable and distinguishable from the competition. It’s unique history and design has made Fiestaware a collector’s item, and thus certain glazes are released only for a limited amount of time before being discontinued in order to maintain a demand and competitive market.
The original design of the Fiesta dinnerware was designed in the early 1930s by Frederick Hurten Rhead, the Homer Laughlin China Company’s art designer. This company is the sole provider of authentic Fiesta dinnerware. The Fiesta line was produced from 1936 until sales declined in 1973. However, during the era of great prominence for Art Deco, the dinnerware became highly demanded once again and thus the Fiesta line was reintroduced in 1984. The great appeal of Fiesta dinnerware are the hip, trendy colors it offers, the modern design, and of course, it’s easily affordable price.
The colors available for Fiesta dinnerware in 1936 were red, yellow, old ivory, and green. Two years later a new color was added- turquoise. It is claimed that the fall in sales of Fiesta dinnerware resulted from two very different events. One was the outbreak of the Second World War, which meant that all production had to be concentrated on the war effort. By consequence, the Homer Laughlin China Company had to significantly reduce its product line. Many of the more exotic products were removed, and the line was condensed to one third of its previous size. The second event was the company’s choice to discontinue its production in the red color in 1950. Without this vibrant pop and contrast, the color selection was made to seem weaker, leading to a decrease in demand.
Interestingly enough, once the Fiesta line was discontinued in 1973, there was a rise in its popularity in secondary markets. Collectors began to buy the line in second-hand shops and garage sales. Hence, the price of the remaining Fiesta dinnerware skyrocketed, making the company reintroduce the line once again in 1986. There were new glaze colors introduced with the re-launch of the line, and colors have been changed regularly ever since.
Of all of the interesting and lively colors offered in the Fiesta line, one of the most popular is turquoise. There are two types of turquoise that are offered by Fiesta dinnerware. In the original line there was a light, robin’s blue turquoise. With the newer, post 1986 line, the turquoise offered is described as more greenish than its vintage counterpart.
The question for collectors and decorators alike is where it is possible to attain the turquoise Fiesta pieces. For the newer collection, the search is not difficult. It is possible to find the Fiesta line on websites such as Amazon, or the Homer Laughlin website. For the older pieces, a purchaser must search more intently, especially if they are looking at getting a low price. Some suggested places to start are eBay, a great place for relics of any era, or websites such as replacements.com and checkmategift.com. Essentially any large-scale dealer of antiques will hold an item or two from the older Fiesta lines.
The iconic and unique Fiesta line is well worth investing in, especially in the turquoise color. It exudes effortless elegance and taste, all while maintaining a free spirit and a fun attitude!