Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Limited Quantities of Fiesta Retro Red-Stripe Items

There are very limited numbers remaining of some HLCCA member-exclusive Fiesta Retro Red-Stripe items on the HLCCA website, including the large disk pitcher (48 left) and the 8-inch vase (12 left).  Be sure to order yours before they're all gone!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

HLCCA Wishes You
a Merry Christmas as the
75th Anniversary Year for
Fiesta Dinnerware
Draws to a Close

(Photo credit: http://www.dillards.com/)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's Winter!

Sharing winter memories
with a classic cover from The Dish!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Becky's Tree

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
(Photo credit: Wikipedia.com)
Maryann Cannon informs us that Becky Turner's family has selected a flowering dogwood tree (Cornus florida) to be planted in her honor at the Huntsville (AL) Botanical Gardens.  We want to acknowledge Maryann for coordinating this fitting memorial, as well as the many HLCCA members who contributed to the purchase of the tree.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fiesta® Dinnerware Gets Exclusive

On its Facebook page today, HLC announced the availability of new retailer-exclusive items that will carry over into the new year.  See the photos below for details.

The new tall latte mug is an exclusive at Kohl's,
which was just introduced at the end of last month.

A slightly smaller version of the current rice bowl will continue
to be an exclusive item at Dillard's, beginning in June 2012.

The new 2-piece chip & dip set will debut in January 2012,
and will be an exclusive item at Macy's in
Marigold, Scarlet (shown) and Lemongrass.

(Photo credits: HLC Facebook page)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

HLCCA Exclusive Embossed Fiesta Teapot Ornaments in CHOCOLATE

We know it's a little early for Valentine's Day, but there are still a very limited number of our exclusive Fiesta embossed teapot ornaments available in CHOCOLATE.  These will make a wonderful Valentine's Day surprise for your sweetie.  Only 144 have been produced and Chocolate will be discontinued by HLC shortly.  You can order on-line or using the order form included in the latest issue of The Dish.

UPDATE 12/5/11 9:35 AM: The Chocolate Fiesta embossed teapot ornaments are sold out.  Thanks for the overwhelming response!

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

2011 HLCCA Exclusive Juice Pitcher

The latest issue of The Dish included an order form for the 2011 HLCCA exclusive Fiesta juice pitcher.  This year's pitcher honors the year 1943 and the "Clipper" airplane on TURQUOISE.  Only 300 of these pitchers will be produced, and they will be available for purchase by HLCCA members only.  You can order today by mail; on-line orders on the HLCCA website will be available shortly.

UPDATE 12/7/11 4:52 PM: Pitchers are now avaliable for ordering on line by clicking here.

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving decoration on ivory Century plate
(Photo credit: Harvey Linn)
HLCCA wishes you and your family
a happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Black Friday" at the HLC Factory Outlet

You don't need to be up at the crack of dawn (or earlier) this Friday, November 25th to enjoy great savings at the HLC Factory Outlet in Newell, WV.  In-store savings of 20-50% off firsts and 10% off seconds will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Sale hours are from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 5:00 PM on Sunday (how civilized!).  See the HLC Facebook page for more details.

Friday, November 11, 2011

HLCCA Honors Veterans' Day

Remember and honor the
brave men and women who have
served our country in times of
war and peace.

(Photo credit: bing.com)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fiesta Cornucopia

With Thanksgiving in just 2 weeks,
we had to share this great photo by
The Dish editor David Schaefer.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Don't Forget to Fall Back!

...and don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke and  carbon monoxide detectors!

(Photo credit: http://www.worthpoint.com/)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fiesta Farewells

HLC announced today on its Facebook page that the Fiesta bud vase, carafe and relish/utility tray will be moved to "inactive availability" by the end of this year.  Fiesta bakeware items will also be available in only a limited range of colors.  Finally, CHOCOLATE will be dropped from the Fiesta line-up on March 1, 2012 (presumably to make room for the new Fiesta color to be announced at the housewares show in Chicago later that month).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New York Tabletop Show 2011

To whet your appetite for holiday gift giving (and receiving), we thought we'd share these recent photos from the New York Tabletop Show 2011.

(Photo credits: HLC Facebook page)

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Fiesta Items Introduced at New York Tabletop Show

Fiesta Serveware
At this week's Tabletop Show in New York, NY, HLC introduced exciting new items to the Fiesta dinnerware line.  The 5 items currently available in the ceramic-handled Fiesta serveware line will now be available in all 15 Fiesta colors.  Based upon the photo posted on the HLC Facebook page, it looks like 4 more Fiesta serveware pieces may be in the works: a spatula, a pasta server, and a smaller serving fork and ladle.  We're excited to see the expansion of this Fiesta accessory line, which should be available in stores beginning on November 15, 2011.

Fiesta Napkin Holder
We're also excited to see the introduction of the new Fiesta square napkin holder.  Attendees at the 2010 HLCCA Conference in Nashville, TN will recall HLC's Dave Conley passing around a prototype of this piece during his presentation.  The square napkin holder--which also makes a handy utility tray--will be available in stores on February 2, 2012.

(Photo credits: HLC Facebook page)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kansas City, MO Receives High Marks as One of "America's Favorite Cities"

The latest issue of Travel +Leisure magazine gives high marks to Kansas City, MO as one of "America's Favorite Cities."  The "City of Fountains" earns No. 1 rankings in Affordability and Barbecue, and Top 10 rankings in Friendliness and Museums/Galleries.

We look forward to seeing you at HLCCA Conference 2012 in Kansas City, MO next July 12-15!

(Photo credit: http://www.travelandleisure.com/)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Red-Stripe Fiesta Rice Bowls and Individual Pasta Bowls Now Available!

The HLCCA exclusive Retro Red-Stripe Fiesta Rice Bowl and Individual Pasta Bowl are now avaliable on the HLCCA website. Only 300 of each will be made. Order yours today!

UPDATE 10/20/11 8:32 AM: The HLCCA website is sold out of Retro Red-Stripe Fiesta rice bowls.

(Photo credits: David Schaefer)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Embossed Fiesta Teapot Ornaments Available on HLCCA Website

The newest Embossed Fiesta Teapot Ornaments in Plum, Turquoise and Paprika are now available for sale in the HLCCA website store. Be sure to order yours in time for the holidays!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Stay Tuned for New Retro Red-Stripe Fiesta Items!

Keep watching this blog in the coming weeks for announcements about the availability of new, HLCCA-exclusive Retro Red-Stripe Fiesta items.  As featured at this past summer's HLCCA conference, they'll include the luncheon plate, soup/cereal bowl and nappie/vegetable bowl, as well as the exciting new individual pasta bowl and rice bowl.

UPDATE 10/4/11 9:20 PM: The 40-oz. nappie/vegetable bowl, 19-oz. soup/cereal bowl and luncheon plate are now available on the HLCCA website store.

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Love Among the Dishes

The East Liverpool (OH) Review reports today on romantic goings-on at the HLC Factory Outlet. Jim Wierwille proposed to his Fiesta-fan sweetheart, Jill Lowry, with the assistance of HLC Art Department and Outlet staff.

Jim worked behind the scenes with the Art Department to make a custom Marigold Fiesta plate reading "Jill: Will you marry me? Jim." Outlet staff then placed the special plate in the 75th anniversary Marigold display and waited for the happy couple to arrive.

After Jill said "Yes" (how could she say "No"?), HLC Vice President Liz McIlvain congratulated the couple and offered them four Fiesta place settings in any color they chose.

(Photo credits: ReviewOnline.com)

It's Fall!

(Photo credit: HomerLaughlin.com)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Relive HLCCA Conference 2011

The Fall 2011 issue of The Dish should be arriving in your mailbox. Relive all the excitement of HLCCA Conference 2011.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Children at Play?

A recent blog visitor had questions about this decal of children at play. The pieces have an HLC backstamp reading "Genesee 45 L." Is anyone familar with this decoration? If so, please let us know!

UPDATE 9/10/11 6:37 AM: Melicety Deatherage tells us that the name of this treatment is "Tiny Todkins."  Thanks, Mel!

(Photo credits: Joyce Girard)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Laughlin Park and Hollywood's Golden Age

(Photo credit: http://www.exoticexcess.com/estates/estate-of-the-day-239-million-for-the-cecil-b-demille-estate-in-los-angeles-california/)
The same year that Homer, Sr., died (1913), Homer, Jr. subdivided Laughlin Park in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Laughlin Park was home of many of the elite in the early days of Hollywood.  A centerpiece of the gated neighborhood is the former Cecil B. DeMille estate, which was listed for sale for $23.9 million in 2008.  It is still a very desirable address.

Monday, August 29, 2011

More Homer Laughlin (Jr.) in Los Angeles

(Photo credit: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assetserver/controller/view/chs-m6444/CHS-44982)
In 1915, Homer Laughlin, Jr. built the Laughlin Theatre in downtown Long Beach, CA.  Designed by architect Irving Gill in a very streamlined version of his typical Spanish colonial style, the building was badly damaged in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, and was eventually demolished.  It was located at the southwest corner of Pine Avenue and 4th Street.  Gill also designed a home for Homer, Jr., his wife and son (Homer III) in the fashionable West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1912. See Darlene Nossaman's article from Volume 4, No. 3 of The Dish (Spring 2002) for more information about Homer, Homer, Jr. and Homer III in Los Angeles.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Like" the Homer Laughlin Building

(Photo credit: http://www.csulb.edu/~odinthor/socal6.html)
Browsing on Facebook recently, we came across this Wikipedia post for the Homer Laughlin Building in downtown Los Angeles, CA.  Built by Homer Laughlin in 1896--having sold the Homer Laughlin China Company by that time to the Wells and Aaron families--the building is still in use today, and is home to the Grand Central Market.  Homer Laughlin (along with his son, Homer, Jr.) made something of a name for himself in Los Angeles real estate in the early 20th century, including a movie theatre in Long Beach and a gated subdivision (Laughlin Park) in Los Feliz.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Facebook Group to Celebrate Becky Turner on August 29th

A Facebook group will be celebrating the life of Becky Turner, long-time HLCCA member and former HLCCA Treasurer, who passed away unexpectedly in late July 2011.  The celebration is scheduled for next Monday, August 29, 2011 (which would have been her 57th birthday).  Please join Becky's friends and family in this loving tribute.  Click here to see who's attending and for more details.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shake, Rattle & Roll!

We hope that everyone's dish collection made it through today's 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Washington, DC.  Watch out for aftershocks!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Memorial Tree in Honor of Becky Turner

In honor of Becky Turner, a collection is being taken up to dedicate a tree in her memory at the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, AL.  Please contact Maryann Cannon for details.  A total of $1,000 is sought for this fitting memorial to Becky.

(Photo credit: Huntsville Botanical Garden website)

Decorated Vintage Fiesta Chop Plate

A recent blog visitor has shared with us these photos of a decorated vintage ivory Fiesta chop plate. We're guessing that it's the 15-inch chop plate without the double foot (based upon the relative size of the plate to the Fiesta backstamp).  Over the Fiesta backstamp is a gold backstamp reading "Vogue Dinnerware Warranted 24K Gold."  Is anyone familiar with this dinnerware line or decoration?  If so, please let us know.

(Photo credits: Judy Jones)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fiesta Dinnerware Hailed as "Sustainable" on Mother Nature Network

Check out this blog post from the Mother Nature Network, which raves about the "green" credentials of our favorite American dinnerware!


It's August!

Dish news always starts to run a bit thin during the long, warm days of summer.  Please feel free to pass along any items you'd like to share to blog@hlcca.org.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rest in Peace, Becky Turner

Becky S. Turner
1954 - 2011
We are deeply saddened to report that Becky Turner passed away today in her sleep.  Becky had planned to attend this year's HLCCA conference in Pittsburgh, PA, but was admitted to the hospital at Vanderbilt University early last week.  Becky was a long-time member of HLCCA, where she served on the Board and was Treasurer until the early 2000s.  Becky was a knowledgeable and generous collector, with a particular passion for Harlequin dinnerware.  Becky had struggled with serious health issues for the past few years, but had recently completed a trip to France, and had attended her daughter Tori's graduation and her daughter Abbey's wedding.  She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

(Photo credit: Becky Turner's Facebook page)

UPDATE 7/31/11 6:57 PM: Click here for Becky's obituary in the Huntsville (AL) Times.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

So Long Until Next Year!

HLCCA Conference 2011 concluded this morning with the business meeting and a breakfast buffet.  Prelimimary plans were announced for next year's conference in Kansas City, MO, to be held from July 12-15, 2012.  The Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau also made a pitch for us to consider holding a future HLCCA conference at the Mountaineer Resort and Casino.  We wish everyone safe travel home!

HLCCA Congratulates its Newest Board Members

The votes have all been tabulated and we're pleased to announce that Jeff Kolodey and Melicety Deatherage are the two newest members of the HLCCA Board of Directors.  Also re-elected were The Dish Editor David Schaefer, Vice President Kit Fox and Board Member Susan Tucker.  All newly-elected and re-elected Board Members will serve until 2013.  We thank all of the candidates and everyone who voted for their participation!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Congratulations, Candy Fagerlin!

Candy's article for Volume 13, No. 4 of The Dish won tonight's annual award for Best Article.  The article featured a re-creation of the famous 1936 Delineator ad of cobalt and ivory Fiesta photographed by Margaret Bourke-White.

Double Win for Ryan Goldner!

HLCCA member Ryan Goldner won both the Tablescape and Floral Arrangement competitions at this year's conference. The winners are selected by a popular vote of conference attendees. Congratulations, Ryan!

Spectacular Tablescape at Tonight's HLCCA Banquet

We were greeted with the spectacular sight of Marigold Fiesta on the tables at tonight's banquet.  Each attendee received a Marigold Fiesta embossed teapot ornament and a pair of Marigold Fiesta stick-handled --yes, you read that correctly, stick-handled -- demitasse cups and saucers, as well as an etched 75th anniversary wine glass.  During the table drawings later this evening, one lucky winner per table won a Marigold Fiesta soup tureen and another won a pair of Marigold Fiesta tripod candleholders.  We thank HLC for it's generosity and assistance with tonight's banquet!