Thursday, December 30, 2010

Model for Iconic "Rosie the Riveter" Poster Passes Away

The Lansing (MI) State Journal reports that the model for the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" poster Geraldine Doyle has passed away at the age of 86. This image was the inspiration for this year's exclusive HLCCA Fiesta juice pitcher, commemorating the year 1942. Thanks go to Holly Wolf for alerting us to Geraldine's passing.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Don't Forget about the Special HLCCA Savings Offer from!

The special offer for HLCCA members only expires on December 31st, and is only available at  Be sure to treat yourself to that special Fiesta dinnerware item you wanted (but that wasn't in your stocking or under the tree)!  For details, contact us at

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

HLCCA wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

HLC's Judi Noble has an On-Line Gallery

Fiesta (2009)

HLC's Art Department diva, Judi Noble, now has her own on-line gallery.  Now you can get a dose of Judi's whimsical artwork between HLCCA conferences!  Check out The Noble Gallery today!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's Winter!

The Dish,
Volume 3, No. 2
Winter 2000
HLCCA shares memories of The Dish
on this first day of Winter.

Friday, December 17, 2010

New Ceramic-Handled Serveware from HLC

Cake Knife
Available in Scarlet (shown), Ivory
and Cobalt

Serving Spoon
Available in Sunflower (shown), Ivory,
Tangerine, Scarlet, Cobalt,
Peacock and Lemongrass

Slotted Fork
Available in Peacock (shown), Ivory,
Sunflower, Tangerine, Scarlet,
Cobalt and Lemongrass

Joining the ceramic-handled ladle from the upcoming Fiesta® soup tureen set, HLC announces the availability of new ceramic-handled serveware. Each piece features Fiesta® ceramic handles, made in America with imported forged stainless steel implements. Priced at $19.99 each, they are available exclusively on-line through HLC.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Pantone Announces 2011 Color of the Year: HONEYSUCKLE

Pantone has announced that HONEYSUCKLE is its "Color of the Year" for 2011--perhaps this is a good sign for Fiesta dinnerware fans looking for a nice, bold pink in the future (maybe 2012?).

(Photo credit: Pantone Facebook page)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

East Liverpool, OH Museum of Ceramics Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Detail of Commemorative Plate
Produced by Hall China
The Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool, OH recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. See this recent article in the East Liverpool Review for more details.

Be sure to stop by (and support) the museum next time you visit the HLC or Hall China factories. It's located at 400 E. 5th St., East Liverpool, OH 43920.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Polka-Dot Fiesta Christmas

Thanks, Candy Fagerlin, for sharing this
great holiday photo on our Facebook page!

UPDATE 12/13/10 9:56 AM: See Candy's complete
polka-dot Fiesta holiday photo album by clicking here!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

ACC/NAC Update, Volume 8, Number 5

The latest update from the Association of Collecting Clubs/National Association of Collectors (ACC/NAC) is now available on-line. Check it out!

(PS - this is our 300th post on DISHing with HLCCA!)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Special HLC Holiday Savings for HLCCA Members Only

HLCCA members,
check your e-mail for a
special year-end savings offer
from HLC!

(Image credit: HLC website)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

HLCCA wishes you mazel tov
on this first night of the
Festival of Lights!

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

HLCCA 1942 Exclusive Juice Pitcher Available

HLCCA 1942 Exclusive Juice Pitcher
"Rosie the Riveter"
This year's exclusive HLCCA Fiesta juice pitcher is now available, both on line and by mail. Commemorating the year 1942, this year's pitcher features the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" decal on WHITE Fiesta. An order form for the pitcher was included with the most recent issue of The Dish. You may also order your pitcher on line from the HLCCA website by clicking here. Only 300 of these pitchers will be produced and made available to HLCCA members only--be sure to order yours soon!

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Introducing the Fiesta Soup Tureen!

The current issue of The Dish provides a sneak preview of the Fiesta soup tureen set in MARIGOLD.  The 4-piece set includes the tureen, lid, underplate and ladle.  The underplate has an embossed 75th anniversary Fiesta design and the stainless steel ladle has a ceramic handle.  The production run of this set will be limited 10,000 individually-numbered pieces, only in MARIGOLD.  We love the vintage look of the handles on the tureen and the finial on the lid.

The "official" announcement of the soup tureen set will be made at the International Housewares Show in Chicago, IL in March 2011.  At the same time, MARIGOLD will be announced as the new Fiesta color for 2011.

We gratefully thank HLC for allowing us to share these photos and information with you a little bit early. Now, go make some room to display this fabulous set in your china cabinet!

(Photo credits: HLC and David Schaefer)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vintage HLC Turkey Platter
(Photo credit: Candy Fagerlin, "The Little Round Table" blog)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

50 Issues of The Dish

The Dish,
Volume 13, No. 2

With Volume 13, No.2 of The Dish, HLCCA crosses the 50-issue milestone.  Thanks especially go out to editor David Schaefer and his crew of writers, photographers and proofreaders (i.e., Dish Washers).  Congratulations to you all!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Limited Edition Polka-Dot Fiesta!

Introduced at HLCCA Conference 2010 in Nashville, TN, Polka-Dot Fiesta dinnerware was inspired by Rosie the Riveter's polka-dot bandana from this year's HLCCA Fiesta juice pitcher. Pieces available include 10-inch plates, 7-inch plates and classic ring-handled mugs in your choice of WHITE with SCARLET polka dots or SCARLET with WHITE polka dots. An order form was included with the Winter 2010 issue of The Dish. Polka-Dot Fiesta may also be ordered on line soon at the HLCCA website.

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Friday, November 19, 2010

US Postal Service to Honor Frederick Hurten Rhead

Just in time for the 75th anniversary of Fiesta dinnerware in 2011, the US Postal Service will issue a series of stamps honoring Fiesta designer Frederick Hurten Rhead and 11 other pioneers of American industrial design.  The F.H. Rhead stamp features a red Fiesta disk water pitcher and a yellow Fiesta disk juice pitcher.

Thanks to former HLCCA president and founder Matthew Whalen for sharing this news via Facebook!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

HLCCA Salutes Veterans' Day

HLC's Freedom

HLCCA reminds you to acknowledge the brave men and women who have served our country and protected our freedom, past and present.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don't Forget to "Fall" Back Today!

...and use the extra hour of sleep to dream about the next piece of your collection!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Stock Up on HLCCA Exclusive Ornaments!

HLCCA Exclusive Embossed Fiesta Teapot Ornaments in
Evergreen, Tangerine, Scarlet, Lemongrass, Sunflower and Peacock
As we head into the holiday season, don't forget to order your HLCCA exclusive ornaments! New for 2010 are ornaments in LEMONGRASS, SUNFLOWER and PEACOCK. Quantities are limited!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!

Scarecrow on Sunflower Fiesta®

Happy Pumpkin on Tangerine Fiesta®

Candy Corn on White Fiesta®

Have a safe and happy holiday!

(Photo credits: HLC website)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

HLC Begins Posting "Your Fiesta Stories"

HLC has begun posting on its Facebook page the "Fiesta Stories" it collected earlier this year. As you may recall, the contest winners each received PAPRIKA Fiesta place settings. Check out these stories by clicking here!

(Image credit: HLC Facebook page)

Friday, October 22, 2010

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin Visits HLC

China Service for the
West Virginia Governor's Mansion,
designed by West Virginia's First Lady
and produced by HLC

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin recently visited HLC's factory, showroom and outlet. Read about his visit in the East Liverpool Review.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

SideDish Ads Due for Winter 2010 Issue of The Dish

It's time once again for HLCCA members to place their FREE ads in "The SideDish", HLCCA's classified advertising supplement that accompanies each issue of The Dish. The Winter 2010 issue of The Dish is in the final stages of preparation and we expect to send the finished pages to the printer soon.

HLCCA members are invited to advertise items for sale, wants, trades, etc. You also may place ads in "The SideDish" to promote events or announce activities related to HLCCA, Fiesta and other HLC product lines, or just inform other HLCCA members of exciting new pottery-related websites!

Members are entitled to submit one (1) free ad per issue, which will be printed on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis. Ads should be limited to 30 words and must include specific contact information, e.g., phone number (with area code), email address, and/or mailing address.

Please forward your ad to The Dish Editor David Schaefer or HLCCA President Sandra Bond. Ads for "The SideDish" must be received by Friday, October 29, 2010.

Monday, October 11, 2010

It's Columbus Day...

...or Native American Day. Either way, enjoy your day off (if you get one)!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fiesta at the Ends of the Earth

Check out this recent article in the East Liverpool (OH) Review about sisters taking Fiesta dinnerware to the ends of the Earth!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

It's October....

Happy Pumpkin and Hallowe'en decals on
discontinued Persimmon Fiesta

 ...and time to break out the Happy Pumpkins!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's Autumn!

Fall Fantasy

Fiesta® White decorated with Autumn leaves

Available at

(Photo credit: HLC website)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

List of Rare and Collectible Post-86 Fiesta Items Available at HLC Outlet

Here's the list from the HLC Outlet, hot off the HLC Facebook page!
Click on the image to enlarge. Good luck!

Article about HLCCA Member in Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune

Covered onion soup bowl from Fred Mutchler's collection
The September 14th issue of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune includes an article about the dish collection of HLCCA member Fred Mutchler. Attendees at our 10th anniversary conference in Minneapolis in 2008 will recall touring Fred's collection as a part of that year's festivities. Plus, in a sidebar, the article included nice blurbs about HLCCA, the Collectible Medium Green message board, and Bob & Sharon Huxford's Collector's Encyclopedia of Fiesta.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Look What HLC Found in the Warehouse!

Front Row: Tripod Bowl in Yellow;
Middle Row: Millennium III Vase in Sea Mist, Juice Pitcher
in Chartreuse and Coffee Server in Cinnabar;
Back Row: Millennium II Vase in Yellow.

HLC has discovered a cache of highly-collectible, first-quality discontinued Fiesta dinnerware items in discontinued colors, and is making them available for sale at the HLC Factory Outlet only! For pricing and item availability, please go to the HLC Factory Outlet or call 1-800-452-4462. Option #1. See HLC's Facebook page for more details!

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Strawser Auction Recap

The bidding begins to heat up!

A sea of fabulous Fiesta!

A rare set of Harlequin tankards with saucers

Fiesta cake plates
Check out the HLCCA Facebook page for more photos from this fall's Strawser Auction!  The big ticket items included a medium green Harlequin ball jug on Friday, and a cobalt Fiesta cake plate and a set of 4 Harlequin tankards and saucers on Saturday. 

HLCCA Honors Patriot Day

HLCCA encourages you to remember the sacrifice of all those who we lost 9 years ago today.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wet- and Dry-Footed Fiesta Tripods: Vintage or Not?

A recent blog visitor shares with us a pair of red Fiesta tripod candlesticks, one with a wet foot and one with a dry foot. They both appear (to us) to be vintage red Fiesta pieces. What are your thoughts?

Monday, September 6, 2010

HLCCA Salutes Labor Day

Enjoy the "unofficial" end of summer!

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Strawser Auction Next Weekend in Lagrange, IN

Your faithful blogger and several other HLCCA members will be gathering in northeast Indiana on September 10-11, 2010, for the 2-day Strawser Auction of Fiesta dinnerware and other HLC items from the Kristopher Hardy Estate.  We'll post updates and photos here and on the HLCCA Facebook page over the weekend.

(Photo credit: Strawser Auctions website)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last Chance for MARIGOLD Fiesta Extra-Large Platter

Production of the 75th Anniversary MARIGOLD Fiesta extra-large platter is winding down. Order yours while they're still in stock.

(Photo credit: HLC website)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

HLC October Tent Sale Dates Announced

Under the Big Top!
HLC's October Tent Sale will be held on October 14-16, 2010, at the Factory Outlet, located at 800 Fiesta Dr., Newell, WV 26050.  For more information, see the HLC Facebook page.

As in past years, HLC is having a food drive for a local food bank during the sale. You're encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item with you to the sale, or you may make a cash donation.  Also, as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, HLC will be selling a $5 chance to be the first shopper into the tent each day of the sale.  Winners will have 10 minutes to shop before others are admitted to the tent. Only one winner per day, but tickets are good for all 3 days of the sale. The drawing will be at 7:00 AM, and tickets will go on sale at 6:30 AM each day of the sale.

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)