Monday, March 29, 2010

HLCCA Wishes You a Blessed Passover

In a beautiful tablescape created by Saarin Schwartz, a vintage Fiesta relish tray becomes a seder plate for Passover, sharing the table with Ovenserve, Riviera/Tango, Post-86 Fiesta and Bakelite flatware.

(Photo credit: Saarin Schwartz & David Schaefer)

Friday, March 26, 2010

HLC and Hall China Merger Announced

HLC has announced its merger with Hall China of East Liverpool, OH. Check out HLC's Facebook page for more details about this exciting development!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

HLCCA Board of Director Nominations Due by March 31st

Nominations for a position on the HLCCA Board of Directors are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2010. Nomination forms were included in the Spring 2010 issue of The Dish. If you (or someone you know) who would like to hold a seat on the HLCCA Board of Directors, please submit your nomination (or nominations) by the March 31st deadline. Nomination forms can be mailed to HLCCA, PO Box 721, North Platte, NE 69103 or faxed to (308) 534-7015. If nominating someone other than yourself, please contact the member you are nominating prior to submitting their name to ascertain they are willing and have the time to participate as a Board of Director. Nominees must be current HLCCA members in good standing. Also, any new Board member(s) elected should be available and able to attend the annual Board meeting, to be held on Thursday, July 15th in Nashville.

We look forward to seeing you all Nashville!

Monday, March 22, 2010

New MARIGOLD Exclusive Announced!

HLC has announced that the 2-Piece Prep Baking Bowl Set is the next item to be issued in the exclusive, 75th Anniversary color, MARIGOLD. This is the third in the series of MARIGOLD exclusives, following the 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set in 2008 and the Extra Large Oval Platter in 2009.

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring has sprung!

There's nothing quite like playing with colorful tablescapes to get you in the mood for Spring!

(Photo credit: The Dish, Vol. 11, No. 3, Spring 2009)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More news from Chicago!!

HLC has also announced that the Jam Jar will officially join the Fiesta dinnerware line. Those of you who attended last year's HLCCA conference in Pittsburgh, PA will no doubt recall that Dave Conley displayed (and generously gave away) a couple of pre-production jam jars during his seminar.

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

Going once, going twice...

As promised, here are some more details about the Friday night auction at this year's conference in Nashville, TN:

Andy Flachs and Jeff Kolodey are ready to start taking consignments for the auction. The number of lots will be limited this year, with a projected 75 consignments (give or take a few). Consignments will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis, with the auction committee making the final decision on the items that will be put up for bid. You are encouraged to consign rarer, better-quality items rather than more common pieces. Damaged items will not be accepted for auction. Members who would like to consign items may contact Andy Flachs at or Jeff Kolodey at

The auction will start with a preview at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 16th, with the auction beginning at 7:00 PM. With a limited number of high-quality items, we hope to finish the auction earlier than at previous conferences so that attendees will still have time to take in a little Nashville nightlife! Andy and Jeff will also be creating a Facebook page dedicated to the auction, which will include photos of the consigned items with more details about the auction.

Keep checking our blog and Facebook page for more details in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Erin Go Bragh!

HLCCA wishes you a
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

(Photo credits: HLC website)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Well, we heard what a lot of you had to say about the omission of the Friday night auction from this year's conference schedule, and we challenged HLCCA members to step up and take on this event. We're pleased to announce that, thanks to the efforts of several HLCCA members, there will now be an auction on Friday, July 16th. More details will follow soon.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Introducing PAPRIKA!

PAPRIKA, the newest color of Fiesta dinnerware, was introduced over the weekend in Chicago, IL at the International Housewares Show. PAPRIKA is expected to be available in stores by mid-June 2010. Check out the HLC Facebook page for more details and photos.

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

International Housewares Show in Chicago

The annual Chicago housewares show begins tomorrow (March 14th) at McCormick Place (coincidentally, this blogger is currently en route to Chicago on Amtrak's Southwest Chief). We understand that the maker of a certain iconic American dinnerware may have a little announcement to make....

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fans and Followers

HLCCA now has over 200 Facebook fans, and DISHing with HLCCA has nearly 50 followers. Thanks for making us a part of your on-line social network!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hotel Reservations for Conference 2010

Remember to make your hotel reservations directly with the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, TN. The special $109/night conference rate is available for 3 days before and after the conference if you want to extend your stay in Music City. Registrants must make their reservations by June 14, 2010. Call Mon. - Fri. between 8 AM and 5 PM (Central Time) to 800-457-4460 and request the HLCCA room rate.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Update on Red-Stripe Fiesta

Our order of Red-Stripe Fiesta is trickling in from the factory. Your orders are being filled and shipped in the order in which they were received. Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Exciting Solid-Colored Glassware

On a recent visit to Seattle, this blogger was introduced to glassybaby, exquisite hand-blown votives/vessels/tumblers in a rainbow of colors. They make beautiful contemporary accessories to Fiesta dinnerware and other HLC lines. If you're in the Madrona neighborborhood in Seattle, check out their gallery and hot shop. They also have semi-annual sales on seconds--and we know how Fiesta fans love a good seconds sale!

(Photo credit: glassybaby website)

Register On-Line for HLCCA Conference 2010

HLCCA Conference 2010 opens on Thursday, July 15th with an evening reception at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. A variety of interesting seminars will be held on Friday, July 16th. Saturday, July 17th will include the Show & Sale, judged exhibits, a banquet dinner and HLCCA exclusives auction. The annual business meeting and continental breakfast will take place on Sunday, July 18th. Single memberships may register one (1) non-member guest with an additional regular registration fee. Couple memberships may register two (2) non-member guests with two additional regular registration fees. Non-Member registration is $190 and HLCCA Member registration is $165. See y'all in Music City!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tell HLC Your Fiesta Story...

...for a chance to win the new 2010 Fiesta dinnerware color before anyone else has the opportunity to purchase it! Check the factory outlet website for details--and good luck!!!

(Photo credit: HLC website)

UPDATE 3/18/10 7:45 AM: The deadline to submit your Fiesta story to HLC is Saturday, March 20th!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Think PINK!

With 125 votes tallied, PINK was voted the most likely new Fiesta dinnerware color (39%), followed closely by BLUE (31%). NONE OF THE ABOVE got 17%, a new NEUTRAL got 10% and GREEN got a lowly 1%. Oh well, we'll just have to see who's correct later this month in Chicago. Stay tuned!