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Fiesta is a line of ceramic Art Deco dinnerware glazed in differing solid colors manufactured and marketed by the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, West Virginia.<ref name="smithsonian">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="nyt">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The original shapes, glazes and concept of combining various colors were designed by the company's art director Frederick Hurten Rhead in the 1930s.<ref name="jasper">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The dinnerware was introduced for retail sales to great success in 1936.<ref name="smithsonian" /> Homer Laughlin withdrew Fiesta from production in 1973 in response to declining sales before reintroducing the line in 1986. Some of the original shapes were redesigned and other new shapes were designed as part of the 1986 reintroduction by Jonathan O. Parry, who became the company art director in 1984.<ref name="jasper" />

As a line of open-stock dinnerware, Fiesta allows buyers to select by the piece, rather than requiring the purchase of entire sets. Notably, buyers can mix and match from the color range. According to David Conley, the company's director of retail sales and marketing, Fiesta's current colors derive from home decor and fashion trends.<ref name="nyt"/> According to the Smithsonian Institution Press, Fiesta's appeal lies in its bright colors, modern design, and affordability.<ref name="smithsonian"/>

It has been found that past glazes have been radioactive or contained lead glazes, but these have been discontinued.

The name of this line of dinnerware has always been simply Fiesta, despite being informally referred to by customers as Fiesta Ware.


Fiesta (dinnerware) sections
Intro  Fiesta's popularity and marketing  1936-1969  Radioactive glazes  1969-1973  Decaled and decorated Fiesta shapes  Collectors and the secondary market  Contemporary Fiesta from 1986   Cultural references  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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