Homer Laughlin China Company, who manufactured the infamous “Fiesta ware” line, began as a partnership between the two Laughlin brothers, Homer and Shakespeare, in 1873. The company sold primarily Rockingham and yellow ware then later expanded their market to make semi-vitreous dinner, hotel, and toilet wares as well as white granite products. After the Great Depression the market for inexpensive dinner wares increased, and the “Fiesta ware” line was available for purchase in 1936. Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, an English potter from Staffordshire, “Fiesta ware” became highly popular for their bright colors, streamlined design, and mix-and-match capabilities for the everyday household. This dinner plate illustrates the original shape of "Fiesta ware," but not the original color. The medium green glaze used on this plate was only manufactured by Homer Laughlin China Company between 1959 and 1969.

Date Made: ca. 1959-69

User: Boughton, George HenryMaker: Homer Laughlin China Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: West Virginia, Newell

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass, Art, Domestic Furnishings


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Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrison in Memory of Charles and Bessie K. Morrison

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1999.0136.10Accession Number: 1999.0136Catalog Number: 1999.0136.10

Object Name: Plateplate

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)green (overall color)Measurements: overall: 9 1/2 in; x 24.13 cmoverall: 3/4 in x 9 9/16 in; 1.905 cm x 24.28875 cm


Record Id: nmah_335351

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