Fiesta was introduced in 1936 by the Homer Laughlin Pottery Company, discontinued in 1972, and went back into production in 1986.It was casual and inexpensive tableware whose colors could be mixed and matched, exuding a sunny, California sensibility even though its Art Deco aesthetic was the brainchild of an Englishman, Frederick Hurten Rhead, and the company was based in Newell, West Virginia.Fiesta was not the only, or even first, line of colorful dinnerware sold in the United States.
Below are three cases where telling the age of Fiesta can be automatic based on its marking. There are at least four types of new backstamps but basically only one type of old backstamp.The original 1936 Fiesta line was limited to just five colors — red (which resembles orange), blue (these days it’s known as cobalt), green (sometimes called light or original green), yellow, and old ivory (“old” was dropped). Some Fiesta collectors acquire pieces only in these six colors.There were 34 pieces in that original lineup, from coffeepots to sugar bowls, candle holders to casseroles, dinner plates to carafes.Indeed, Homer Laughlin itself produced several other Fiesta-like dinnerware lines, including Harlequin, Riviera, and Kitchen Kraft.All of these have their followings, but Fiesta remains king.Most fine china is backstamped with the manufacturer's logo. could not mark some Fiesta items because of design considerations.