The Fiesta line on display at Homer Laughlin trade show NYC 2011 (courtesy Homer Laughlin China on Facebook)

Eighty percent of people in the US who have a grandmother or great-grandmother have seen her bring out the Fiesta dinnerware to set the table.

OK, that’s completely untrue, but still….the colorful pottery launched in 1936 and it is still made today in Newell, West Virginia (where you can take a Fiesta factory tour.)

Update: Here’s a Midwest Guest blog post about visiting the factory – thanks to blog author Dominique for telling me about it!

It’s sturdy and homey, and you can find it at lots of flea markets like Renninger’s in Mount Dora, Florida, in addition to retail outlets.

Fiesta factory outlet tent sale (courtesy Homer Laughlin China on Facebook)

My own grandmother did have a set, so whenever I see a Fiesta plate or butter dish or one of their swoopy, futuristic pitchers, I think of her tidy little house in Winnsboro, Texas.

Fiesta Large Disk Pitcher (courtesy FiestaFactoryDirect)

The dining table would be set for supper with pimiento cheese sandwiches, chilled red onion slices and glasses of sweet tea.

Round Fiesta light green salt and pepper shakers sat in the middle of the table, colorful and nicely designed, but useful….very much like her.

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