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New Fiesta® Accessories Highlight Artistry of Brand

Cookie Jar and Heart Bowl Debut at Housewares Show

Newell, W.Va. — (March 2013) — The Homer Laughlin China Company™ is proud to announce the addition of two new pieces to its iconic Fiesta® Dinnerware brand: Cookie Jar and Medium Heart Bowl. Designed by artisans who remained true to both the beauty and functionality of Fiesta, the Cookie Jar and Medium Heart Bowl will carry on the Fiesta legacy of cherished items.

Visit Fiesta Dinnerware at the Homer Laughlin China Company™ booth S2003 to see the new Cookie Jar, Medium Heart Bowl and other new additions at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, March 2-5, 2013.

Cookie Jar
The mold of the Cookie Jar was hand-sculpted by ceramic artist, Jose Gimeno.  Gimeno was born in Zaragoza, Spain; the son of a local government administrative official and was always encouraged by his family to pursue his talents in the arts.

For many years he worked as a designer at Hispania in Spain until moving to the United States in 1980, when he began designing for Hall China (now owned by Homer Laughlin). Gimeno has remained in the Ohio River Valley – which is known for its ceramics – since that time with his first love, Linda. He also has a daughter Rebecca, who is attending college.  

The Cookie Jar features a dancing woman known simply as the “Fiesta Dancing Lady,” who also graces the brand’s logo and is personified in other Fiesta pieces, like the ceramic Trivet. The Fiesta Dancing Lady Cookie Jar was commissioned by Rich Brinkman, Homer Laughlin’s VP of Sales and Marketing once understanding Gimeno’s extensive background at both Espania and Hall China.

“We are very proud to have a talented artisan like Gimeno as part of our design team,” says Brinkman. “The possibilities are endless as we explore the process behind items like the Cookie Jar and others that we have in the works. The Fiesta community may be able to look forward to many new developments in the future.”

About Fiesta® Dinnerware, Made In The USA
Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead in 1936, Fiesta Dinnerware is now the most collected china in the United States and among the most collected china in the world. It has been featured on many popular TV programs, including ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover and the Today Show. The product was discontinued in 1973 and reissued in 1986 with new contemporary colors to mark its 50th anniversary. Its unique Art Deco style has landed Fiesta Dinnerware in the collections of numerous museums from the Smithsonian Institution to the Andy Warhol Museum. For more information, visit: homerlaughlin.com.

About The Homer Laughlin China CompanyTM
The Homer Laughlin China Company is the last major plate, saucer and cup manufacturer in the country, employing more than 850 employees at its factory in Newell, WV. In the restaurant and hospitality category, the company’s china dates back to the late 1800s and the production of white “ware”. It was in 1936 that Homer Laughlin introduced its colorful Fiesta dishes. Today, this distinctive brand is featured on dining tables across the country and coveted by a large, enthusiastic group of collectors. Backed by a 143-year history in the industry, Homer Laughlin continues to dominate in dinnerware—committed to its craft, its workforce, its region, and its country. For additional information, visit: hlcdinnerware.com.

Contact:

Danielle Elderkin
Cover Story Communications, Inc.
800.928.6613
danielle@coverstorycom.com

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