Saturday, March 22, 2014

 Happy Birthday Lemongrass!

5 years ago today (March 22, 2009), The Homer Laughlin China Company introduced Lemongrass to complement the Fiesta color chart for 2009.

“During stressful economic times like these [2009], designers in apparel and home decor often look to bright, lively colors,” says E.C. Wonder, design director, The Homer Laughlin China Company™, “…colors that make people smile.” “Striking on its own or mixed in with our existing color palette, Lemongrass makes a lively statement.”

For inspiration, HLC suggested the following tablescape themes:
- Contemporary Chic: Lemongrass, Black and White
- Fashion Forward: Lemongrass, Chocolate, Ivory
- Opposites Attract: Lemongrass, Plum, Ivory
- Citrus For All Seasons: Lemongrass, Sunflower, Shamrock, Tangerine
- South Beach Trendsetter: Lemongrass, Shamrock, Tangerine, Peacock, Turquoise
- Neon Nuances: Lemongrass, Cobalt, White
- Earth-Toned Elegance: Lemongrass, Shamrock, Evergreen, Chocolate, Ivory

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Homer Laughlin China Company Press Release:

The Homer Laughlin China Company™ Launches New Color at Housewares Show

Newell, WV – (March 2014) – The Homer Laughlin China Company, maker of Fiesta Dinnerware made in the USA, is proud to announce its color of 2014 – Poppy. An orangey red hue, Poppy is vaguely reminiscent of the famed original Fiesta Red which was part of the collection that launched the Fiesta brand in 1936.

Visit Homer Laughlin to see Poppy and other new additions to the Fiesta Dinnerware collection at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, March 15-18, 2014, Booth S2003. (#Fiesta2014, #FiestaNewColor)

“An injection of ‘happy’ is something we all look forward to,” says color expert Leatrice Eiseman, and “This exuberant Poppy color tempts your eye as well as your appetite and always brings a smile.”

The source of inspiration for Poppy, Red was one of five colors introduced in the launch of the Fiesta brand at the Pottery and Glass Exhibit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in January 1936. The other original colors included: Blue, Green, Yellow, and Old Ivory; two years later, Turquoise was added.

“Poppy is a nod to the original family of Fiesta colors,” says Rich Brinkman, VP of Sales and Marketing for Homer Laughlin. “As we step into a new generation of Fiesta enthusiasts, Poppy is a fresh, modern take on the original Red. It’s an amped up version that complements the vibrant colors seen in fashion and home trends today. Poppy utilizes modern material color development that allows us to bring this vibrant color to market.”

The new Poppy easily integrates into the existing range of Fiesta’s current colors: Lapis, Black, White, Shamrock, Turquoise, Peacock, Cobalt, Plum, Scarlet, Tangerine, Sunflower, Ivory, Lemongrass, and Paprika. Because only 15 colors of Fiesta will remain in production at any given time, as Poppy is introduced, Flamingo will retire from production March 2014.

Poppy brings about a whole range of interesting on trend color combinations:

· Hot and Spicy: Poppy, Scarlet, Tangerine, Sunflower, Ivory, Paprika
· Vintage Kitchen: Poppy, Turquoise, Ivory, Black
· Gorgeous Garden: Poppy, Plum, Shamrock
· There’s No Place Like Home: Poppy, Sunflower, Black, White

“Fiesta Dinnerware brings about feelings of nostalgia, family, friendship, and warm memories,” says Brinkman. “Millions of Americans can remember sitting around the dinner table with a mix of the vintage and now post 1986 modern colors of Fiesta throughout the good times in their lives. The tradition continues with this new generation as year after year, a following of the Fiesta brand continue to climb. In fact, Fiesta leads the casual dinnerware category in bridal registries.”

All standard dinnerware pieces will be available in Poppy, including 4- and 5- piece sets, 3pc Square and a variety of plates, platters, bowls, mugs, vases, the signature disk pitcher, and serving pieces (sold separately). Suggested retail price for the 4- and 5-piece place settings is $32.99 suggested (MAP) and $56.00(MSRP).

Presale starts May 15th, 2014 and items will be in better department, .Coms and specialty stores mid June 2014.

Friday, March 7, 2014

2014 Conference Registration is officially OPEN!

Registration for our 2014 conference in the Cincinnati area is officially underway. You may fill out the order forms that were included with the Spring issue of The DISH or you can go online to register.  Please make sure you login with your username and password before registering online. 

We also have some NEW Fiesta ornaments available for Spring. We have introduced Plum and Sunflower Embossed Disk Pitcher ornaments to our lineup! They are limited to 144 and selling like hotcakes! Get them before they are sold out! 
(Available online or fill out the order in the Spring issue of The DISH)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

 Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Mardi Gras"
10" dinner plate, 7" salad plate, cereal bowl and mug
offered by the Homer Laughlin China Company Retail Factory Outlet
in the early 2000s.