Friday, March 25, 2016

Flashback Friday: HLCCA Conference 2000

It’s Flashback Friday again! Our Countdown to Conference continues with a look back at the second HLCCA Conference, held in 2000. Already, this event had great word-of-mouth buzz and buildup in the early online dish communities and people were eager to get together, meet one another in person, and talk dishes! 
Conference 2000
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Airport Marriott)
Dates: June 9–11, 2000


• HLC Tour
• 7 seminars
• Strawser Auction
• Show and Sale
• 6 judged exhibits 
• Annual meeting and elections
• Open house at Turdordane Antiques 


Dinner for Four with Serenade—exhibited by Andy and Jane Flachs
A display showing the lovely delicate hues and dainty contours of this short-lived pattern.

The Wonderful World of Laughlin Art China—exhibited by Marv and Debbie McNuss
A unique look at a variety of Laughlin Art China, examples of the different lines and numerous shapes. 

Decorated Toilet, Tea, and Dinner Ware—Mugs, Brushes, and the Unusual—exhibited by Fred Mutchler
An assortment of early HLC shaving mugs, toothbrush holders, and unusual pieces. 

A Spanish Fiesta—exhibited by Bill Beck and Kevin McCarty
Traditional Spanish tapas displayed on Fiesta. 

Distinctive and Joyful—HLC’s Riviera—exhibited by Bradley Payne
An informative display featuring the history, shapes, and colors of the Riviera line, including several unusual pieces. 

Epicure: Homer Laughlin Changes with the Times—exhibited by David Ross and Joe Keller
An extensive display of the distinctive colors and shapes of HLC’s Epicure line. 

• “The Frederick Rhead Journals” — Steven Beals
• “An Introduction to Epicure and Riviera” — Carl Carter
• “The HLCCA, Our Activities” — HLCCA Officers
• “HLC Art China Roundtable” — Marv McNuss, moderator
• “Homer Laughlin China Shapes” — Jo Cunningham
• “The Creation of a Shape, the Modeler at Work” — Joe Geisse
• “A Conversation with HLC” — Dave Conley

Conference 2000 HLCCA Awards: 
A “People’s Choice” award was added for the exhibits. Participants got to vote for their favorite exhibit.
Grand Award: Bradley Payne
Gold Award: Fred Mutchler, Bradley Payne
Silver Award: Andy and Jane Flachs, David Ross and Joe Keller
Bronze Award: Bill Beck and Kevin McCarty
People’s Choice Award: Bill Beck and Kevin McCarty
Best Dish Article: Bradley Payne for “Riviera: Making for a Colorful Century”

Saturday Show & Sale room: 
Conference exclusive piece: 
Juniper Fiesta Hostess bowls were the centerpiece prizes
The centerpiece prizes at the banquet were juniper Fiesta hostess bowls—both the shape and the color were new that year. But the bowl also made an excellent hat, as modeled by perhaps the youngest Conference attendee ever, 3-month old Dwight Holley.  The “Lil’ Disher”, as he was dubbed, is now 16 years old, still loves Fiesta, and has his mom accumulating shamrock for his first apartment. 

Banquet Keynote Speaker:
Regina Lee Blaszczyk spoke on the relationship between HLC and the F.W. Woolworth chain. 
Dave Conley, Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Matthew Whalen


The Conference drew 129 attendees—not bad for just the second one! 

The Friday night Strawser auction was a one-time-only event. Well-known Fiesta auctioneer Michael Strawser conducted one of his regular auctions as part of the Conference. More than 1,400 items were transported to Pittsburgh for the auction. A one-of-a-kind Sunflower Millennium III Vase, donated to HLCCA courtesy of The Homer Laughlin China Company, was an auction highlight. Other auction items included a rare vintage 10" Fiesta maroon medium vase, vintage onion soups, cake plates and medium green covered casserole. 

The HLCCA’s 1932 juice pitcher "Age of Radio" was unveiled during the Saturday evening dinner banquet. 

- submitted by Kathy Holley and David Schaefer

Friday, March 18, 2016

Flashback Friday - Conference 1999

Flashback Friday! In celebration of the upcoming 2016 HLCCA Conference, we thought it would be fun to look back at Conferences of the past and see how far this event has come since HLCCA's first Conference in 1999. We'll be counting down to Conference each Friday, with a recap of a Conference of the past, then build the excitement until it's time for this year's fun! 
Conference 1999
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Wyndham Garden Hotel)
Dates: June 11–13, 1999


• Conference opening Mixer held after-hours at Leonard's Antique Mall
• Tours of the HLC factory and the Museum of Ceramics
• Judged exhibits (5, plus one noncompetitive exhibit)
• Seminars
• Show and Sale
• Awards Banquet
• Breakfast Buffet then head to ELHSAA Auction


The Rhead Family - exhibited by Jonathan Parry, HLC art director
- a collection of Rhead family work with examples from several generations of family members, showing the broad influence of their work on the art world.
The Fiesta Ensemble - "Let gaiety and a new joy in living invade your life!" - exhibited by Fred Mutchler
- An accurate replication of a vintage 1939 Fiesta Ensemble service including all 109 listed pieces, original newspaper advertisement, and rare sales flyer insert.
Wartime HLC - exhibited by Joe Jordan
- A wartime kitchen table setting exhibit. Pieces are used from Fiesta, Harlequin and Kitchen Kraft lines.
Promotional Juice Sets - exhibited by Chuck Denlinger
- All four Fiesta promotional juice sets from 1943, 1948, and 1952 including one original box.

Fiesta in Advertising - exhibited by Candy Fagerlin and Kathy Garrels
- A collection of advertising, featuring Homer Laughlin China. Displayed were binders and flyers in the Saturday Show & Sale dealer room, available for attendees' browsing.

An Introduction to Vintage Fiesta Ware
- Bill Beck, noted Fiesta collector, presented a brief history and discussion on vintage Fiesta dinnerware. On display was an example of each piece of the line including every piece of medium green.

Five Decades of Homer Laughlin Decalware
- Ms. Elaine Borowski, noted authority on early HLC ware, discussed a representative sampling of the decalware shapes used through the 1930s and displayed and discussed examples of these shapes.  

Fiesta - Early Years
- Steve Beals, collector, spoke on researching early designs, and information being used for the then upcoming 2000 release of the HLCCA book Fiesta, Harlequin, Kitchen Kraft Dinnerwares - The Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association Guide

Homer Laughlin China - Q&A
- Dave Conley, HLC Director of Marketing and Sales was available to answer attendee questions about HLC and their dinnerware products.

LuRay Seminars - Collectors gathered to share their collections, conducted informal discussions and exchanged stories on their expanding collections with Mr. Smith, former President of TS&T.

HLCCA Awards:
The newly designed HLCCA awards were introduced in 1999. 
The Grand Award: Fiesta cobalt presentation bowl, fired with gold ring decoration including Jonathan Parry's signature.

The Gold Award: Fiesta cobalt large disk pitcher, fired with gold ring decoration and Frederick Rhead's signature.

The Silver Award: Fiesta pearl gray juice disk pitcher, fired with silver ring decoration and Frederick Rhead's signature.

The Bronze Award: Fiesta miniature disk pitcher, fired with bronze ring decoration and Frederick Rhead's signature.

The Best Dish Article Award: Fiesta pearl gray Millennium III vase, with unique platinum design including Jonathan Parry's signature.

1999 Awards: 
Grand Award: Fred Mutchler
Gold Award: Fred Mutchler, 
Silver Award: Joe Jordan, Chuck Denlinger
Best Dish Article: Joe Jordan 

Conference banquet tables: Chartreuse presentation bowls were centerpieces on each of the banquet tables.

Saturday Show & Sale room:

• Less than two years old, the HLCCA took a big step by holding its first Conference. In an effort to save money, while gauging the degree of interest in such an event, the HLCCA "shared" the facilities and some activities with the Lu-Ray collector group's convention. 

• Posters at the event were black and white—as was all but the cover of “The Dish” at that time! 

• The Conference was held the same weekend as an HLC tent sale AND the annual East Liverpool High School Alumni Association auction, where the Fiesta raspberry presentation bowls were auctioned. 

The first HLCCA Conference in 1999 was a humble yet intense start, with enthusiastic interest certainly there. It was apparent that the HLCCA would have many exciting Conferences of its own in the future. And so it began…

- submitted by Kathy Holley and David Schaefer

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Save the Date: HLCCA Conference 2016

Come celebrate 80 years of color with us. 

HLCCA Conference Registration is now open.
Our conference will be held on: July 14 - July 17, 2016
Embassy Suites Pittsburgh International Airport - 550 Cherrington Parkway - Coraopolis PA 15108

Couples can register both members at member price of $200  after May 1 $250
Non members $350 after May 1 $400

Please remember to sign-in to your HLCCA account to receive the reduced member price. 
Conference Events

Links to download the newly revised FAQ sheet, registration forms, dealer packages, floral, microzibits, tablescapes, and judged exhibits can be found on the HLCCA homepage. 
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