Monday, February 8, 2010

Leaning tower of Fiesta

I have an addiction. Well, actually, I have many addictions, but this is one of the many. I love Fiesta. I guess part of the reason I'm addicted to it could be that I am originally from the town one mile from Homer Laughlin China. There is a rich history of potteries and steel mills in the Northern WV area where I was born and raised. My maternal grandmother had to quit school at the age of 14 to go to work in the pottery to help support her family during the depression. She was an amazing woman, but that's another story for another time.

Every time a new color is introduced, my mom and stepdad buy us a place setting that includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, and mug.

I didn't start collecting Fiesta until some of the colors were retired. This is one of my favorite colors, but I only have a couple of pieces that I found in the outlet store seconds room.

That room is so fun to look through. I have found many treasures in there, including a huge scarlet pizza plate.

These dishes are virtually indestructible, but because I am who I am, I have broken my fair share of them. I need to replace a couple of large dinner plates when I go to the outlet store this spring. Hopefully I'll find them in the seconds room!

What are your addictions?


tammy said...

I want this addiction!! :) I've always admired Fiesta ware and I think I'll have to start requesting place settings like you get.

Hmmm...what's my current addiction? I don't think I have one. Scary.

Pamela said...

Hahahaha...I was THIS close to blogging about my Fiesta minds and taste!!! I looked at your pic and thought, hey, who snapped that pic of my stuff??? post.

LucyB said...

I am addicted to Fiesta as well. We got 8 place settings as a wedding gift from a Hall China manager who was a family friend, and I've built on the collection since. We have been using the dishes every day for 20 years and fewer than 5 have broken!

Dawn and I have the same hometown, so pottery is in our blood. My grandfather worked in the clay mines, both grandmothers in potteries -- Knowles pottery in Newell (home of HLC) and the Sterling China Co. in Wellsville, which I visited as a girl, watching Grandma hand-letter names on mugs in gold leaf.

My sister has worked for Hall China in ELO for nearly 30 years, most of it on the kiln. It's hot, hard work!

LucyB said...

Sorry, meant to say the original gift came from a manager at Homer Laughlin China -- Vern Jones and his wife Ada, of Chester, W.Va.

LucyB said...

Other addictions include egg cups, '50s bar items, Asian trinkets, creamy white antique vases and pots, green jasper Wedgwood ... I could go on but I won't!

Melisa with one S said...

First of all,

I spy...a MOBIL BOWL in the top picture! Memorieeeees....

I'm not addicted to anything, except writing. And talking too much. And twitter. And...well, that's enough for now.

Dawn said...

I KNEW you'd see that Mobil bowl, Melisa! ;)

Dawn said...

LucyB, Thanks for stopping by! :) It's good to see someone from 'home.' :)