Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Where your dishes are just as important as your food..."

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

With the popularity of the Retro Red Stripe introduced by the HLCCA during conference 2009, we are thrilled to announce the Homer Laughlin China Company is putting blue stripe and green stripe on the line. 

All items that have been made in Retro Red Stripe will soon be produced in Retro Blue Stripe and Retro Green Stripe.

Watch for further information, updates and surprises. We are excited!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Scarlet, sunflower, sapphire and shamrock 
brighten Rebecca's "string of lights" table
(Photos courtesy Rebecca Donaldson)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ryan takes it to the stairs...
(photo courtesy Ryan Goldner)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

 "Even Frosty loves Red Stripe"
 (photo courtesy Elaine Epperly)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Perfect for Holiday Gift-Giving!

Fiesta, Harlequin, & Kitchen Kraft Dinnerwares:
The Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association Guide

Three of the most collectible lines of dinnerware are thoroughly explored in this major book. Colorful Fiesta (vintage and p-86), Harlequin and Kitchen Kraft sets made since 1936 by the Homer Laughlin China Company are shown in 592 color photographs and detailed measured drawings along with extensive analysis of the shapes, marks, production methods, and decorations.

HLCCA member price: $34
(members must log-in for discount rate)
Non-member price: $36
Free Shipping!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

HLCCA wishes you and your family
a happy Thanksgiving holiday!

(Photo credit: Jeff Kolodey)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The NEW winter issue of The Dish is now at the printers and will be showing up in members' mailboxes in a couple of weeks. Lots of exciting, informative articles, photos and news in this packed full issue!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Theatre Angels Wanted for "American Fiesta"

Image credit: Colony Theatre website
The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA is planning to stage the West Coast premiere of Steven Tomlinson's American Fiesta this fall, and has asked for help in "casting" some of the stars of the show.

Artistic Director Barbara Beckley tells us that American Fiesta is "a play about a passionate collector of vintage Fiestaware, who sets out on a cross-country journey to find special pieces to complete his collection.  Along the way he discovers America, and the pieces he acquires become a metaphor for our country, in all its wonderful diversity.  A beautiful play, it celebrates Fiestaware while illuminating its uniquely American history and tradition."

The theatre is looking to acquire (at a reasonable cost) or borrow the following vintage Fiesta pieces for its production:
  • No. 7 mixing bowls in Red, Cobalt, Light Green and Yellow
  • No. 6 mixing bowl in Light Green
  • No. 5 mixing bowl in Red
  • No. 4 mixing bowl in Yellow
  • No. 3 mixing bowls in Red and Ivory
Please contact Barbara by e-mail ( or phone ((818) 558-7000 x13) if you can help in any way with this request.  Your faithful blogger plans to attend the production and write a review in a future blog post.  The play is scheduled to run from September 26th through October 21st.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Flamingo Pyramids!

There are a small number of Limited Edition Flamingo Pyramids available at the HLC factory outlet if anyone would like to acquire a pair. Hurry and call the HLC factory outlet!!!  Call (800)-452-4462 , Option 1 (not available on website).

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore....

Sue Bishop and Saarin Schwartz
welcome you to Oz
Our Wizard of Oz-themed mixer has been a big hit this evening.  Conference attendees had a chance to get to know one another and win some fabulous Fiesta pottery.  See more photos on the HLCCA Facebook page.

Welcome to Kansas City!

The 14th annual conference of the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association starts this evening with the traditional Thursday Night Mixer at the Embassy Suites Kansas City-Country Club Plaza.  Attendees have been arriving in Kansas City for the past day or so (replacing departing fans of Tuesday night's All-Star Game).

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Packing for Kansas City, MO

Be sure to check the local forecast before packing for this week's HLCCA conference in Kansas City, MO.  Thankfully, temperatures are supposed to be a bit less scorching than they were last week!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

HLCCA Celebrates 236 Years of American Freedom!

(Photo credit: David Schaefer)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Unusual HLC "Pate sur Pate" Vase

A recent blog reader has shared these photos of what appears to be a rare HLC pate sur pate vase from the late 19th century.  Long-time HLCCA members may recall a vase of a similar style gracing the cover of Volume 6, No. 1 of The Dish in Fall 2003.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A New Kind of Green at HLC and Hall China

Maryland Refractories and Earth Fire Surfaces has announced that they have partnered with Homer Laughlin China and Hall China to eliminate their porcelain waste. This recycled waste will now be used in table tops, shower bases, vanity/bathroom surfaces, kitchen counter tops, tiles of any size, and many other applications.
If you're going to this weekend's tent sale at the factory outlet, be sure to stop by the Maryland Refractories' tent beside the Hall China tent to see the great stuff coming from the remains of broken Fiesta and HLC and Hall commercial wares!
(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

HLC and Hall Tent Sale Starts Today!

Today is the start of the 3-day June HLC tent sale at the factory outlet in Newell, WV.  This year, the Hall China tent is also offering beautiful, embossed military service mugs.  Check out the HLC website and Facebook page for more details.

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sold Out!

Due to overwhelming response, HLCCA Conference 2012 is now sold out.  More than 200 Homer Laughlin China fans are expected to gather in Kansas City, MO next month.  We hope you can make it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

HLCCA Board of Director Elections

The Summer 2012 issue of The Dish includes a ballot for this year's HLCCA Board of Director elections.  There are five candidates running for four seats on the Board this year.  This year's candidates are as follows (listed alphabetically by last name):
  • Sandra Bond
  • Ken Clardy
  • Pat Keith
  • Jerry Lefever
  • Merrill Miller
Ballots must be returned to HLCCA by mail, postmarked no later than June 23, 2012.  The results of this year's election will be announced at next month's conference in Kansas City, MO.

UPDATE 6/21/12 8:58 AM: Ballots may also be faxed to (308) 534-7015 by June 23rd.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Choose Your Favorite Article from Volume 14 of "The Dish"

Volume 14 of The Dish
Don't forget to cast your vote for the best article from Volume 14 of The Dish.  A ballot was included with the Summer 2012 issue and must be returned by June 30, 2012.

Monday, May 28, 2012

HLCCA Celebrates Memorial Day

(Photo credit: Candy Fagerlin)
HLCCA honors all the brave men and women who have fallen in service to American freedom.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

HLCCA Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge

Seventy-five years ago today, the Golden Gate Bridge opened in San Francisco, CA.  In 2005, HLCCA honored this engineering milestone with its annual Fiesta juice pitcher for the year 1937.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Still Looking for Auction Items for Friday Night Auction

HLCCA Boardmembers Jeff Kolodey and Melicety Deatherage are still looking for consignment items for this year's Friday night auction at HLCCA Conference 2012.  Anyone interested in consigning items is asked to contact Jeff or Mel as soon as possible, and they will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

The deadline for submitting items for consignment is June 10th.  Jeff and Mel (and the rest of the HLCCA Board) look forward to seeing you at the Friday night auction in Kansas City!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring 2012 Fiesta Auction by Strawser Auctions This Weekend

Post-86 Fiesta Millennium Pitcher and
Tumbler Set in Pearl Gray

Remember, the 2-day Strawser Auctions' Spring Fiesta Auction begins this Friday, April 20th in LaGrange, IN.  Day 1 is devoted to Post-86 Fiesta, and Day 2 to vintage Fiesta and other vintage HLC wares.  Check out the Strawser Auctions website for information about attending the auction in person or bidding on-line.

Vintage Fiesta Ironstone Gravy Boat and
Underliner in Mango Red

(Photo credits: Strawser Auctions website)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Check Out the Redesigned Fiesta Factory Direct Website!

If you haven't visited lately, be sure to check out the redesigned website for the HLC Factory Outlet in Newell, WV,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Everything Fiesta Spring Tent Sale Starts Tomorrow!

The Spring tent sale at "Everything Fiesta" at the Flatwoods Factory Stores in Sutton, WV starts on Thursday, April 12th.  The sale runs from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, and from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.  Check out the HLC Facebook page for more information.  If you can't make this weekend's sale, the Spring tent sale at the HLC Factory Outlet will be held on June 21-23, 2012, in Newell, WV.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

(Photo credit: Daphne Durham)

Sunny yellow Harlequin and Riviera pieces brighten up a vintage Hoosier cabinet in this Easter vignette from Daphne Durham's "Tabletop Time" blog.

Friday, April 6, 2012

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)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C'mon Over to My House!

How would you like to show off your collection at this year's HLCCA Conference in Kansas City, MO without packing a single dish? We're looking for presenters for this year's "C'mon Over to My House" program.

You would need to provide photos of your collection and be comfortable with standing in front of an audience and narrating the tour through your home and collection. This is one of the most popular features of each year's HLCCA Conference. If you would like to participate or need more information, please e-mail Kathy Holley or call her at (262) 637-9093.

Monday, March 26, 2012

HLCCA Conference 2012 Friday Night Auction

Going once, going twice...
We're making plans for this year's Friday night auction at HLCCA Conference 2012.  The auction will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday, July 13th at the Embassy Suites Kansas City - Country Club Plaza.  Please contact HLCCA Boardmember Jeff Kolodey to consign your items. Also, check the auction Facebook page for more information and photographs.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Don't Forget to "Spring Forward"!

Daylight Savings Time
started at 2:00 AM today!

Check your smoke
detector batteries, too!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

HLC Introduces FLAMINGO!

HLC introduced its latest Fiesta color, FLAMINGO, at the International Housewares Show in Chicago, IL earlier today.  We suspect that many Fiesta fans are "tickled pink" by this revelation.  Hopefully, we'll being seeing Flamingo Fiesta on major retailers' shelves soon!

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)

(PS - this is our 450th post!)

Monday, March 5, 2012

On-Line Registration Now Available for HLCCA Conference 2012

You may now register on-line for HLCCA Conference 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  HLCCA member registration is $165/person for adults and children 13 and older, and $85/person for children 12 and under.  This year, conference attendees will also be able to reserve and pay for exhibit and show-and-sale tables on-line.  Please note when making multiple conference registrations or reserving tables online, you are requested to e-mail additional information to, as stated in the item description.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

HLC Spring Tent Sale Dates Announced

(Photo credit: HLC Facebook page)
HLC has announced the dates of the Spring 2012 tent sales on its Facebook page: April 12-14 at Everything Fiesta in Sutton, WV; and June 21-23 at the HLC Factory Outlet in Newell, WV.

We'll post more details closer to the sale dates.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Make Your Hotel Reservations for HLCCA Conference 2012

Our host hotel, the Embassy Suites Kansas City-Country Club Plaza, is now accepting reservations for HLCCA Conference 2012.  Special rates of $119/night for a king suite and $129/night for a 2 queen suite will be available during the conference (July 12th-15th) and for 2 days before and after.  As usual for Embassy Suites properties, room rates include breakfast each morning and hosted manager's reception each evening.  Call the hotel directly at (816) 756-1720 or toll-free at (800) EMBASSY and request the HLCCA room rate.  The conference rate is only guaranteed to be available until June 19th (and may sell out sooner).

UPDATE 3/8/12 3:23 PM: Due to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10th, hotel rooms in Kansas City, MO are in very short supply, and the HLCCA conference room rate is no longer available at the Embassy Suites for arrivals on that day.  However, a limited number of rooms are still available at this rate for arrivals on Wednesday, July 11th.  If you call the hotel directly at (816) 756-1720 and are told that rooms for Wednesday night are unavailable, please ask to speak with Priscilla Graves. If you call the toll-free number and have a problem with a Wednesday night booking, please contact HLCCA President Sandra Bond.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Shamrock Fiesta Embossed Teapot Ornaments

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, HLCCA will be offering our exclusive Fiesta embossed teapot ornaments in SHAMROCK.  Only 144 will be produced.  An order form was included with the most recent issue of The Dish (they will also be available soon on the HLCCA website).  Sales will be limited to a maximum of 10 ornaments per household.

UPDATE 3/3/12 7:57 AM: Shamrock ornaments are now available in the HLCCA on-line store at $22.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.

UPDATE 3/3/12 2:14 PM: The Shamrock ornaments are sold out.  Thank you for your enthusiastic response!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Strawser Auctions' Spring 2012 Fiesta Auction

Strawser Auctions of Wolcottville, IN has announced the dates for its big Spring 2012 Fiesta auction.  The 2-day auction will be held at the 4-H Fairgrounds in La Grange, IN on April 20-21, 2012.  The first day will feature Post-86 Fiesta and the second day will include vintage Fiesta, Kitchen Kraft, Harlequin and Riviera.  More than 3,000 pieces are expected to cross the auction block during this 2-day event.

(Photo credit: Stawser Auctions)

RIP Dale Mueller

We have just learned that long-time HLCCA member Dale Mueller passed away late last year.  Dale developed PR materials for HLCCA in its early years during the late '90s.  More recently, Dale assisted with the processing and shipping of HLCCA-exclusive Fiesta juice pitcher orders.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

(Photo credit: Melissa Schlegelmann)

HLCCA Wishes You and Your Sweetie
a Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy 3rd Anniversary, DISHing with HLCCA!

DISHing with HLCCA was a product of the 2009 Officers' Meeting in Nashville, TN.  Three years later, it's going strongly with nearly 100 followers and more than 400 posts.  Thanks for you interest and support!

(P.S. - We've recently enabled DISHing with HLCCA for mobile devices.  Let us know if you're checking us out on your smart phone or tablet!)

Monday, January 9, 2012

HLCCA Officer's Meeting This Weekend

The officers of the Board of Directors of HLCCA will be meeting via teleconference this Saturday, Jan. 14th, beginning at 9:00 AM CST.  Major topics of discussion are expected to include the plans for this year's annual conference in Kansas City, MO, in July, as well as preliminary planning for the 2013 and 2014 annual conferences.  If there are a topics that HLCCA members would like the officers to discuss this weekend, please e-mail them to by Friday, Jan. 13th.  Thank you!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Carleton Varney Gives Fiesta Raves!

The Jan. 5th edition of the Palm Beach (FL) Daily News included a feature article by world-famous designer Carleton Varney, singing the praises of Fiesta dinnerware.  Varney is also responsible for the interior design of another West Virginia icon, the Greenbrier Hotel in White Suphur Springs, WV.

(Photo credit: