Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ballots Due for Best Article in Volume 12 of The Dish

Remember, ballots for the Best Article in Volume 12 of The Dish must be postmarked by today, June 30th. Please mail your ballot to HLCCA "Best Article" c/o Michael Bailey, 5341 Pine Needle Dr., Gardendale, AL 35071-3517.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fiesta Jam/Utility Jars Available!

The first run of new Fiesta Jam/Utility Jars is now available in a release of limited colors on the HLC Factory Outlet website. Order yours soon!

(Photo credit: HLC website)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Still Need A Few More Volunteers....

Thanks for your great response, but there a still a few more 1-hour slots to fill. See the complete list below and contact Sandra Bond at for details. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ballots Due for HLCCA Board of Directors Election

Remember, ballots for the HLCCA Board of Directors election must be postmarked by today, June 23rd. Please mail your ballot to HLCCA Elections, PO Box 721, North Platte, NE 69103-0721.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities for HLCCA Conference 2010

Each year's annual conference provides many opportunities for you to volunteer your time and services. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities. If you can help out, please contact HLCCA President Sandra Bond at

Thursday - Registration Table - July 15, 2010

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - need 2 helpers

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - need 2 helpers

11:00 AM to noon - need 2 helpers

Noon to 1:00 PM - need 2 helpers

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - need 2 helpers

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - need 2 helpers

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM - need 2 helpers

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM - need 2 helpers

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - need 2 helpers

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - need 2 helpers

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - need 2 helpers

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM - need 2 helpers

Thursday - Mixer - July 15, 2010

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - need 4 - 5 helpers

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM - need 4 - 5 helpers

9:00 PM to 10:00 PM - need 4 - 5 helpers

Friday - Registration Table - July 16, 2010

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM - need 2 helpers

Saturday - Exhibit Set-up Security - July 17, 2010

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM - need 1 helper

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM - need 1 helper

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - need 1 helper

Saturday - Show and Sale - July 17, 2010


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM – need 2 helpers

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - need 2 helpers

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - need 2 helpers

11:00 AM to noon - need to helpers

Noon to 1:00 PM - need 2 helpers

1:oo PM to 2:00 PM - need 2 helpers

HLCCA Consignment booth

8:oo AM to 9:00 AM - need 2 helpers

9:00AM to 10:00 AM - need 2 helpers

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - need 2 helpers

11:00 AM to noon - need 2 helpers

Noon to 1:00 PM - need 2 helpers

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - need 2 helpers

Monday, June 21, 2010

An Action-Packed Week for HLC Fans!

If you can make it to the Newell, WV/East Liverpool, OH area later this week, there will be no shortage of fun things to do. The annual HLC tent sale will be held from Thursday, June 24th through Saturday, June 26th at the HLC Outlet in Newell, WV. Then, on Sunday, June 27th, the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association will hold its 16th annual pottery auction across the Ohio River (under the clock tower) in East Liverpool, OH.

PAPRIKA Pyramids!

A limited edition of 300, numbered pairs of PAPRIKA pyramid candleholders are now available for order through the HLC Factory Outlet at $100 per pair. Orders are limited to 2 pairs per person/household. Only 125 pairs will be available on-line. Be sure to order yours today!

It's Summer!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers' Day!

Even if Dad sometimes ends up being a "dish widower," make sure to do something special for him today!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Consumers Digest Awards "Best Buy" Honors to Fiesta Dinnerware

HLC reports today on its Facebook page that Consumers Digest magazine has named Fiesta dinnerware a "Best Buy" in the category of casual, everyday dinnerware! Congratulations, HLC!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Full House

Speaking of no vacancies (see post below), Daphne Durham advises us that all of the slots for the 2010 "C'mon Over to My House" collectors' show-and-tell session are now full. We thank you for your strong interest in sharing your dishes. In just a few short weeks, conference attendees will be enjoying a virtual visit to four fabulous dish collections!

glassybaby Seconds Sale in Seattle This Weekend

glassybaby will hold its semi-annual seconds sale at its Madrona Studio in Seattle, WA on Saturday, June 19th, beginning at 10:00 AM. These charming, hand-blown votives, vases, vessels and drinking glasses come in a rainbow of colors that can coordinate beautifully with Fiesta dinnerware and other solid-colored HLC wares.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


HLCCA Conference 2010 is now SOLD OUT, and we expect to hear shortly that the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel is as well. If you are already registered for the conference but do not yet have a hotel reservation, you should contact the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel directly at (800) 457-4460 to see if they have any rooms left (no longer at the special conference rate). Otherwise, please contact a travel agent or your favorite on-line travel website for other accommodations in the Nashville area. However, please be aware that, with many Nashville hotels either damaged or closed as a result of the Cumberland River flooding last month, available hotel rooms in the Nashville area may be hard to come by!

One Month Until HLCCA Conference 2010!

We hope to be seein' y'all in Nashville a month from today!

Monday, June 14, 2010

ACC/NAC Update, Volume 8, Number 3

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

HLCCA Salutes Flag Day

Be sure to show your patriotism correctly and respectfully--check out the American Legion website for proper flag etiquette!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What A DISH!

...and WHAT will YOU be wearing for the HLCCA Conference 2010 Saturday Night Vintage Attire Contest? HLC Art Director Judi Noble has created this year's award for this annual HLCCA contest event.

Everyone registered to attend the annual Saturday Night Award Banquet during HLCCA Conference 2010 will have a chance at winning this year's award -- this SCARLET "What a DISH!" Fiesta Carafe.

Simply dress up in your most glamorous, be-dazzled or outrageous vintage attire for the banquet and the best of show will be chosen by ballot Saturday night during the banquet. See you at the Conference!!

(Photo credit: Judi Noble & David Schaefer)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mystery Early 1980s HLC Ware

A recent blog visitor has asked if we know anything about this ivory-colored HLC ware. They were apparently sold in boxed placesettings for 4 at Sears in about 1980--6 years before the re-introduction of Fiesta in 1986. As you can see from the top photo, the pieces have the "standard" HLC ink backstamp. The soup/cereal bowls have flat rims with concentric, Fiesta-like rings. Let us know if you know anything about these pieces!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reminder Regarding Conference Cancellation Policy

We hope that everyone who's registered to attend this year's annual conference can make it, but if something comes up and you need to cancel, here's a reminder of our conference registration cancellation policy:

  • Cancel on or prior to June 24th for a full refund;
  • Cancel from June 25th through June 30th for a 50% refund; and,
  • NO REFUNDS for cancellations after June 30th.

Also, please confirm the cancellation policy of the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel directly with the hotel.

Monday, June 7, 2010

One Week Left for the Special Conference Rate at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

Remember, the $109/night HLCCA Conference 2010 room rate at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel is only guaranteed for another week until June 14th. This special rate is available to conference attendees for 3 days before and after the conference. Contact the hotel directly at (800) 457-4460 to reserve your room now!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

More Friday Night Auction Photos!

Check out the HLCCA Facebook page for more, recently-posted pictures of items to be included in this year's Friday night auction at HLCCA Conference 2010!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Contemporary Industrial Pottery Exhibit in Pittsfield, MA

The Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, MA is presenting MULTIPLES - Art/Design, a group show of ceramics designed and produced using industrial processes. The exhibit runs though June 20th, and features the works of the following artists, companies and studios:

  • Jonathan Adler, New York, NY
  • Bauer Pottery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Circa Ceramics, Chicago, IL
  • KleinReid, Long Island City, NY
  • Middle Kingdom Porcelain, Washington DC
  • Frances Palmer, Weston, CT
  • Jill Rosenwald, Boston, MA
  • Laura Zindel, Guilford, VT

If you're in Western Massachusetts in the next couple of weeks, stop by and check it out!

(Photo credit:

Friday, June 4, 2010

ELHSAA Auction Exclusives

As mentioned in the Summer 2010 issue of The Dish, the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association's (ELHSAA) 16th annual fundraising pottery auction is coming up on June 27th. This year, the combined forces of HLC, Hall China and W.C. Bunting Co. will be producing a total of 36 numbered, exclusive pieces to be auctioned: 12 retired Fiesta Monarch vases in LEMONGRASS; 12 Hall China Adele teapots in WISTERIA; and 12 CHOCOLATE Fiesta decaled 2010 calendar plates. We'll post some "spy" photos of these beautiful pieces as soon as they're available. In the meantime, check the ELHSAA website and the current issue of The Dish for more details about the auction.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bauer Pottery Showroom Sale in Los Angeles This Weekend

If you're in the Los Angeles or Southern California area this weekend, Bauer Pottery will be holding its monthly showroom sale on June 5th and 6th. There are great deals to be had on high-quality seconds of the Bauer Pottery and Russel Wright American Modern lines. Also, on Saturday Chef Brian Hill's Comfort Truck will be serving up Golden Fried Chicken and Jerk Beef sliders--yum!

The vintage-y looking photo above is the Bauer Pottery factory in Highland, CA. You can find more factory photos on the Bauer Pottery Company blog.

(Photo credit: Bauer Pottery Company blog)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

PAPRIKA is Now Available for Pre-Order

PAPRIKA is now available for pre-order on the HLC Outlet's website. Available items include 4- and 5-piece Fiesta placesettings, 3-piece Square Fiesta placesettings, and a wide array of accessory and serving pieces. Orders will begin shipping during the week of June 21st.

Motawi Tileworks Factory Sale in Ann Arbor This Weekend

We know how our blog readers always love a great deal on seconds. We also suspect that collectors of HLC's various wares might be interested in other forms of classic American ceramic arts. That being said....

If you're in the Ann Arbor, MI area this coming weekend, Motawi Tileworks will be having its semi-annual Tile Overrun Extravaganza and Mega Sale this Saturday, June 5th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Besides great deals on overruns and seconds of beautiful solid-color and polychrome Motawi tiles, there will be:
  • A free "Make-A-Tile" workshop
  • Tours at 11:00 AM , noon and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations
  • Prizes, popcorn & fun
  • 25% off first-quality tile

Check the Motawi Tileworks website for directions and details.

(Photo credit:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Express Your Creativity

Jerry Lefever's exhibit from the
2008 HLCCA Conference in Minneapolis, MN

We're still looking for more entrants for the educational, tablescape and floral exhibits for this year's HLCCA Conference. Please contact HLCCA Treasurer Merrill Miller at for entry forms and information. Also, if you'd like to share a virtual tour of your home collection as a part of the annual "C'mon Over to My House" presentation, please contact Daphne Durham at Thanks!

(Photo credit: HLCCA website)

Last Day for Early Registration for HLCCA Conference 2010

Today (June 1st) is your last chance to register for HLCCA Conference 2010 in Nashville, TN at the early registration rate of $165/person for HLCCA members and $190/person for non-members. Click here to register on-line on the HLCCA website. At last check, over 100 attendees had registered on-line--don't miss the fun!