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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fiesta - Wedding Gifts

Re: Homer Laughlin Fiesta - I have a small collection of BLUE and GOLD and the WVU Special Items - My 'best friend at Dent School' comes from a family of very serious FIESTA COLLECTORS 'they' have every color of every item! Fiesta is made in West Virginia - Fiesta and BLENKO seem like a natural combination. Does else combine the two hobbies or use both to set your table? hjh
Reader writes:

hillary
we drove up to flatwoods and bought a ton of fiesta this summer at the tent sales. Thank you for the heads up on the sale.
We also got the Marigold bowls (photo attached and info jpg format ) before it was retired. Fiesta Collectors are large in number and diverse
group, loose knit. Some collect everything, some only one color. Some like me just buy for the children and neices and nephews
at sales and meet up for the friendships formed.
I can let you know when the events are in advance if you like. Newell is much better than flatwoods, one gets a real feel for the
company and the history in Newell. Charming village.
Rita Osburne McGuire

"This is what drives collectors, says Harvey Linn, a collector since 1986. The baking bowls resemble the original pieces from 1936, making them all the more appealing, finishes Linn. The bottoms of the baking bowls in the remaining glazes will feature the signature FIESTA stamp or embossment.
Dinnerware and accessories in Marigold will follow according to Brinkman --and like the other anniversary color collections to be introduced April 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010, 75 weeks later, each will officially retire. We're offering the opportunity to purchase special anniversary collections four years in advance of the actual date, he says. As for details regarding the future 75th anniversary introductions, รข€˜mum' is the word. All we can tell you is to look for Marigold, says Brinkman, and when you find it, get it, because 75 weeks later, it will no longer be in production.
We want limited colors that we know will eventually retire and filter into the secondary market, says Sandra Bond, president of the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association (HLCCA). We collectors...¦we'll go to great lengths to get our hands on limited pieces, she finishes. The Association boasts more than 1,000 members nationwide." http://www.hlchina.com/ http://www.hlcca.org/

10 comments:

Phani said...

Pottery in Glass blog??

Phani said...

Pottery in Glass blog??

bridgett said...

Fiesta has numerous knock offs one must be very careful.
I am collecting the peach which is a discontinued color.
It blends with the Wedgewood pattern India that I also collect.
Didn't know Fiesta was in Virginia
Now I support 2 big W Virginia companies.
Go Me!

Dr.BOB said...

My wife always gives Homer Laughlin as a part of the bridal shower gift. Service for four is inexpensive and impressive.
Promote them 'glasslady' they are also stuggling in this economy and getting ripped off daily by mexico and china.
Need photos? Ask.

Anonymous said...

I'm sending you photos of the
Fiesta my mother collects
she has rooms full and if you want she can narrate.
Milred Caroll

susan said...

Nice post, I am forwarding to friends this day.

Anonymous said...

Found you while googling Fiesta.
Very nice blog,
do you know about Morgantown Glass Museum we went for tour there last year.
Also Wellsburg Glass Museum.
Annette C.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Phani
Thank you for noticing its Pottery or china, and not hand blown glass. The common thread is made in West Virginia.
Do you need dishes Phani? Fiesta comes in every color, something sure to please you.
hjh

Hillary J Homburg said...

Ms. Caroll
I received the photos
but we will limit the # off NOT BLENKO post to one or two a month, they are lovely, and I know readers will enjoy viewing the photos.
HJH

sweetdoc said...

Hilary a lot of my patients collect fiesta, I have couple dozen or more pieces they have given to me over the years.
This is a good subject.