Wednesday, May 27, 2009

HLCCA Conference 2009 Floral Exhibit Competition


If you are planning to present a floral exhibit this year, please send in your application immediately in order for us to include a description of your exhibit in the conference booklet. If you have misplaced your application form, contact sandra.bond@hlcca.org and request a replacement. If you weren't planning to present a floral exhibit, why not think about doing so? There is no charge to enter.

Be creative! Bring any Homer Laughlin vase, pitcher, bowl, or other HLC pottery item and let your imagination go wild! Floral exhibits are eligible to win the Best of Floral Show Award via "People's Choice" ballots. This limited, exclusive gold-decaled vase award is only presented to the winner of the Floral Exhibit Competition. Above is an example of an entry from the Floral Exhibit Competition at the 2007 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

See you in July!

(Photo credit: HLCCA website)

Monday, May 25, 2009

HLCCA Remembers our Fallen Heroes


HLCCA salutes the brave American men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and liberty.

Above is a sample of HLC's Unity shape with a treatment called "Freedom." Unity is one of HLC's food service lines.

Please take time on this Memorial Day to reflect upon the blessings we enjoy as Americans.


(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

HLCCA on Facebook

HLCCA has joined the wild and wonderful world of social networking. Check us out and become a fan!

Upcoming Auction of Fiesta and Other HLC Wares


We've just heard about an upcoming auction on June 14, 2009, that will feature more than 300 pieces of vintage Fiesta and other HLC wares. The pieces come from the collection of Ruby Gano. A quick perusal of the on-line catalogue reveals a number of rare and unique pieces that may be of interest to HLCCA members and other readers of this blog.

The auction is being conducted by Hall's Auction Co. of Paris, IL, both live on-site and on-line. Check out the auction catalogue by clicking here.

(Photo credit: Hall's Auction Co. website)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2009 Conference Hotel Registration Info

Don't forget to make your conference hotel reservations for the Embassy Suites Pittsburgh-International Airport. HLCCA has negotiated an excellent rate of $109/night, which includes a 2-room suite, complimentary daily breakfast, and happy hour beverages and snacks every evening. Plus, on-site parking is free, as is the shuttle to and from the airport!

Book your reservation by calling the hotel directly at (412) 269-9070, by calling Embassy Suites toll-free reservation line at (800) EMBASSY (362-2779) or on-line by clicking here. Be sure to mention that you are with the "Homer Laughlin China" group to get the conference rate.

See you in a few weeks--we can't wait!!!!

UPDATE 5/21/09: The cut-off date for the $109 room rate is June 17, 2009.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

HLCCA Salutes Armed Forces Day


HLCCA honors all of the brave American men and women in uniform on this Armed Forces Day. Above is a sample of the custom Hercules pattern dinnerware created by HLC for the Little Rock Air Force Base.

(Photo credit: HLC website)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

HLCCA Conference 2009 Information

This is just is reminder that, in order to take advantage of the lowest Conference registration fee, registrations must be made on-line or post-marked by June 1, 2009.

If you wish to place items on the HLCCA consignment table at Saturday's Show-and-Sale, please contact Merrill Miller (merrill.miller@hlcca.org) with a listing of the items that you wish to consign. If you wish to set up a dealer booth, please contact Merrill for an information packet. If you have already received your dealer packet and intend to set up a booth, please return your information to us as soon as possible.

We also need to know if you plan to present an exhibit. If you wish to present an exhibit, contact Merrill for an exhibit form (that Merrill is gonna be a busy, busy girl!). Floral exhibit forms were included with the Spring 2009 issue of The Dish. If you have misplaced your form and wish to present a floral exhibit, please contact Sandra Bond (sandra.bond@hlcca.org).

We look forward to seeing everyone in Pittsburgh, PA in July!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

HLCCA wishes all mothers and mothers-to-be a Happy Mother's Day.

This fabulous bouquet of handcrafted Fiesta flowers was created for the 2008 HLCCA Conference by Rebecca Donaldson.

Have a great day and be sure to do something special for Mom!

(Photo credit: HLCCA website)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

YOUR AD HERE (SOON?)

OK, not really, but we're thinking about having ads on this blog to raise funds for HLCCA. Supposedly, the ads would be targeted based upon the subject matter and content of this blog (i.e., dishes, housewares, pottery, etc.)--at least that's what Google tells us! In all likelihood, we're not talking about a lot of money, but we'd like your input as readers of this blog. Please let us know your thoughts about having ads on this site. Thanks!

UPDATE 5/15/09: Google Ads are now up and running. Look for them at the bottom of the sidebar to the left.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

HLCCA wishes you a Happy Cinco de Mayo!
(Please remember to dish responsibly!)

(Photo credit: Melicety Deatherage & David Schaefer)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Results of the Chester CHAIR-ity Auction


Check out this link for the results on the Chester CHAIR-ty auction this past Saturday. HLC's entry was the highlight of the evening, bringing in $355 for the Jack Owens special-needs playground. Congratulations to Judi Noble and all of the generous folks in the Art Department at HLC!

Friday, May 1, 2009

It's May!


...and it's just over 2 months until the 2009 HLCCA conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Be sure to sign up now to reserve your place. You can sign up on-line by clicking here.