- It goes on sale A LOT, so hold off buying any until you have a coupon.
I''m gayer than you.
- Does it matter anymore?
- My hometown is very near one of the Fiestaware factories, so there is a factory outlet store.\
Every year around Mother''s Day, the local hospital has a "yard sale" to raise money, and local vendors sell factory rejects and whatnot at dirt cheap prices. The Fiestaware stuff is always there. I bought a gravy boat for 99 cents a few years ago.\
You could probably get a whole set of it for under $30 or so.
Binky, the "Lost" Von Trapp
- West Virgina, Binky? Really?
I hail from the heart of the great state of Pennsyltucky.
Binky, the "Lost" Von Trapp
- I didn''t realize that there was special gay dinnerware. But if there is, then Fiestaware may indeed be the most. Although I''m a straight woman & I like it too (I don''t collect it, but maybe I would if I had the space & the money).
- But, to answer your question, yes, it''s the gayest dinnerware.
Another sign that the gay gene is identical to the good taste gene.
- Binky, is your real first name Mark??????
- r8 - \
Binky, the "Lost" Von Trapp
- I''ve eaten off vintage Fiesta Ware for about 30 years. I''m seriously concerned about lead poisoning.
- My grandmother had the original Fiestaware! I love it. One day I will have nothing but in my cupboards.
- Don''t like the new stuff. I stick to the bascic 1930s colors: Green, Ivory, Red, Cobalt, Turquoise and Yellow.\
The ''50s colors are rarer, but with the exception of Medium Green & Forest Green, they are putrid.
- Is anyone collecting this still?
- R11 is me and I'm still worried about lead poisoning. I read up on it and said if you weren't eating a lot acidic foods on it, it should be okay. One of our favorite dishes was white vinegar, onions, cucumber, salt and pepper. One of those would sit in the fridge all summer long. I'm probably fucked.
- R15, you can balance everything out by drinking out of aluminum tumblers.
- I like what I got for $15.00 at Walmart better. I got the mutlicolor(click on the yellow). If you flatware queens want to spend a whole lot more go ahead.
- Lead poisoning there may be, but what about that vintage ORANGE Fiestaware? I heard it's got uranium in it!!!!!
- Fiestaware and Broadway musicals.
I don't care how much he may deny it or keep it a secret - every gay man loves them.
I don't have a single piece of Fiestaware in my home - but here I am posting in this thread.
- LOVE Fiestaware! Broadway musicals--depends on the musical. That flatware, though, is a no for me. I don't care for it at all. I also love the red apple dishes, but I can't remember who makes them.
- I have a mix of Juniper, Turquoise, Chartreuse, and Cobalt Fiestaware. I love it. Here's some in Juniper:
- OP, get this mixer to go with them:
- You can keep your Walmart imitations. Fiesta ware is made in the USA. I don't know about the flatware, however.
- Are you talking about this KitchenAid, R22?
- Damn, thank you R24. I was trying to figure out what I did wrong.
LOVE that mixer.
- I bought Oneida's Palette bistro flatware in Turquoise to go with my Turquoise Fiesta back in the '90s. It's held up for the most part. I have most pieces, though the plastic handles cracked on a few. Naturally, they're not making it anymore.
- Everyone has Fiestaware from the olden days. Riviera Ware is more interesting - and harder to find. Same festive colors.
- An aunt gave me some Royal Doulton 'Everyday' Georgia pieces (plates, mugs, etc.). I don't like the design and wonder where is the best place online to sell a matching set? I doubt it's worth much but I don't have space for it and no one else wants it.
- R25, when you see a pic you want to display, click to the actual page the pic is on rather than the wall of images Google presents when you search in "images."
When you are on the page, right click on the image you want to put in your DL post.
Choose "view image info." If the pic has a .jpg after it, it will post on DL. There are other suffixes that work, but I don't know what they are. The great majority of pics end in .jpg.
There are also websites that forbid reposting. Maybe someone else can weigh in on that.
Copy the link and post where it says Url:
If I've been clear, that should do it.
- R28, eBay? Replacements, Ltd.? Here's the page for Replacements:
- I don't have any vintage Fiesta, R27. All of mine is contemporary/post-86. I like picking it out in a store on my own much more than buying online. And I live around 40 miles from the Fiesta Factory.
- I like Fiestaware but that flatware is hideous. Sorry.
- Love you, R29.
- They have other flatware, R32. I have no idea how good it is.
- R28, I'd check out consignment stores in your area.
- I ended up giving away dinnerware this year. It's so expensive to ship, no one wants to buy it. I had stuff on eBay and Amazon for months. Nothing. Literally, at the price I could have sold it for, it made more sense just to give it away, so I did. A friend's daughter got married and needed everything to set up housekeeping. I was happy to be able to help.
- I bought Fiesta ware flatwear that was made in China. It is flimsy.
- [quote]Is it the gayest dinnerware?
If you mean "gay" as in festive, perhaps. If you mean homosexual, Russel Wright is the winner.
- R28 If it has hand-painted periwinkles I might be interested.
- Le Creuset dinnerware is the new Fiestaware.
- Excellent thread, OP.
As a gay teen in the early 80's, my first older gay freidn had some Fiestaware. It was so cool to me then and I never stopped liking it. The 70's revival of art deco was a fun time.
I have a few peices I have bought at antique stores but nothing grander than a bowl.
The husband and I finally replaced our ancient Ikea dishes with Fiestaware, I love it.
- Do you all live at a day care center?
- My mother inherited my grandmother's fiesta. There was a mountain of it in our rec room in the basement. We used it for big parties because there was so much of it a few broken pieces would not matter. It was dime store stuff during the depression. It has sure been a hit for Homer Laughlin when they started making it again.
My sister and I split the fiesta when my mother died. I got rid of all of it.
I prefer using my collection of depression era Bauer pottery ring ware. I also have quite a bit of Homer Laughlin Harlequin pattern as well as Luray made by Taylor Smith and Taylor.
Dishes have always been my thing and I can't begin to tell you how many sets and partial sets and double sets I have. HELP, I am a hoarder. Not to speak to all the mid century elegant American made table glass I have.
I just bought a small set of lovely Longchamps antique French country dinner ware. I forgot about the endless pieces of Blue Ridge pottery dishes. They Royal Copenhagen, many sets of Haviland. Lots of Franciscan Desert Rose that I bought at yard sales and thrift stores a few pieces at a time. I recently bought a dozen desert rose Irish coffee mugs for $10.. They are rare and list for $120.00 each on replacements.
- R3 when I lived in Wilkes-Barre I would make the yearly pilgrimage to the Holly Ross outlet to purchase my Fiestaware for the year. Many years and many colors later, I appreciate that they are not that expensive and don't cry for me Argentina when they break. Or every so often when the cats decide that a piece should not be on the kitchen island, and swoop! There goes that salt shaker crasing to the floor!! Off tithe factory outlet to replace it.
- Fiestaware is a product of Melamine plastic and formaldehyde. The formaldehyde leaches from the plastic into your food and into your tummy.
You wonder where your autistic kids are coming from??
- Fiestaware is Melmac's poor cousin. It is that shit they used to serve food on in the highschool hot lunch line.
- I love mine. Have had it for years and I still love how the tablelooks with all the colors mixed at place sittings.
- I really don't understand the pricing on this stuff. At Macy's and Kohl's, they show the regular price for a 5- or 4-piece place setting as $51, then make a big deal out of it being "on sale" for $30. But even the Fiesta online store has it for $29 all the time, as does Amazon.
- Are you people insane? Fiestaware? Did you learn nothing with the Replacement China thread two months ago?
Fiestaware looks like something you won from throwing darts at some concession at Coney Island. The plates are only good for flinging off the rooftops of a 5 story building as toy flying saucers.
I'm ashamed of all of you and I am grieving deeply.
- Fiesta ware plastic? Melamine? You are wrong. What I see sold and what I have is ceramic.
- r43, I can assure you that you are not alone in your obsession with dinnerware! Lots of us out there! It is harmless and FUN! Besides, we will NEVER be without enough dishes when it is time to entertain.
Now, I'm collecting lusterware from the 1920s and 1930s. I don't know why! I should stick to the stuff I can and will actually use.
- 123 pieces of Luray my Mom saved for me for years. We use it all the time.
- I like Russell Wright my mom had a few pieces. They are very artist and good color
- We have all Fiestaware dinnerware, and it took us days to pick two colors to combine we both loved and that looked good together. Why would you go to the trouble of picking attractive colors and screw it up with that flatware or those silly (and cheap-looking IMO) Fiesta glasses with every other color on them? Would you buy an expensive couch and toss rainbow-colored nylon throw pillows on it?
- Which two colors did you pick, Ernesto?
- Thanks for the advice.
- R20. You're thinking of the Franciscan Ware "Apple" pattern originally made by the Gladding McBean Co. in Glendale,Ca...it is the second most popular dinnerware pattern ever produced in America.
Franciscan Ware "Desert Rose" holds the #1 position.
I think ANY of Franciscan's embossed dinnerware patterns could give Fiesta a good run in terms of "gayest" dishware.
- Franciscanware "October".
I will be featuring this pattern on my 2013 Thanksgiving table.
- Franciscan "Desert Rose"...the most popular dinnerware pattern in American history.
- Franciscan Ware "Ivy"...featured prominently in "I Love Lucy" and "The Donna Reed Show"
- Yes! Thank you, R57. I love that shit! And Fiestaware.
- There is nothing gay about any of the Franciscan pottery. Please, if you want to use that definition of "gay" dinnerware, Royal Albert English Rose is probably the "Gayest". But I don't know a gay man who would own it without embarrassment.
- "Poppy" by Franciscan Ware.
- Franciscan Ware's "Forget-Me-Not" pattern from the 1970s still featuring the classic, hand painted, embossed look.
- wow all that Franciscan Ware is gorgeous! I think I'm in love with Desert Rose and October now...
- "Wildflower" from 1945...the most elaborate,rarest and most expensive of the Franciscan embossed patterns.
- And the Forget Me Not pattern is charming too
- I recently bought a stack of heavy Franciscan Apple serving bowls, 7 in all at the Goodwill for 10 bucks the lot.It's the only apple I have.
I also have many Watt Pottery serving pieces in Apple.
Are you sure the RA rose pattern is as gay as Royal Albert's Blossom Time? I am helping a friend clean out a shed and dispose of things in storage. Her grandmother's Blossom Time was in there. It even disgusted me, the china nut.
- The neoclassical,timeless elegance of Franciscan's "Coronado".
I must have over 500 pieces of this pattern.
- That other Franciscan Ware is too frou frou for me. The Desert Rose and Apple are wonderful.
- You don't see the Forget Me Not pattern very often. I like it.
I also have numerous Tiffin Glass items in a chunky patter, various colors. It was always my understanding that Tiffin made this line as companion piece with the Franciscan patterns.
- I can't stand any of that grandma shit you're posting now. Give me classic, colorful fiestaware.
- Food looks its best when presented on plain white china. I assume anyone who would eat off a garish green or blue plate was born and bred in one of those landlocked square states of America.
- speaking of Grandma shit [R72]
My grandmother's fiesta was what my family had. Grandma was born in 1882, a true Victorian woman.
- I love all this Fiesta Ware and Francsican Ware....it's so colorful,optimistic and American!
- R68, Actually, "Blossom Time" is far more tasteful than "English Rose". I would only use "Blossom Time" as a dessert/tea/luncheon service, if at all. However, it has a certain old-fashioned charm. It is a throwback to the time when certain food functions were supposed to be "dainty". "English Rose" is just garish with it#s heavily applied gold and heavy Victorian reds.
R73, actually, if you look at the cooking shows, they use green plates most often.
- For those of you who feel Fiesta Ware has become too ubiquitous but still love the colorful vintage look of 1930s dishware might I suggest Bauer Pottery?
I also believe they are now reproducing some of the original shapes and colors.
- The "new" Bauer Pottery co.
- I just recently purchased a set of the "Carolyn" pattern from the Homer Laughlin Co...it has a substantial,weighty feel and nice thick glaze. It reminds me of something one would have seen in a 1930s-40s diner.
Give me vintage looks any day...I hate the look of trendy,sterile,modern looking dishes.
Restaurant ware, I used to collect that also, not the plan stuff though.
- I have "new" (actually, 35-year-old) Fiesta in pastels for everyday. My vintage stuff is Luray, Harlequin, Riviera, and Moderntone glass--also in pastels--all very cheap when I found it years ago in thrift stores. I had bakelite flatware in multiple colors but it is now retired and I use Martha Stewart's so-called French ivory for everyday.
I would get rid of all the dinnerware for a set of jadeite.
- What a lovely set of postings and photos since yesterday. I don't care for flowers on things (dinnerware, clothing, furniture--you name it), but I'm happy to know I'm not the only DQ on DL.
While [bold]some[/bold] food may look better on [bold]some[/bold] white plates, I have always liked different solid color plates.
I started out with Metlox Colorstax (Rose, Fern, Sky Blue, Forest Green), inherited an incomplete set of Russel Wright American Modern (Steubenville Gray), recently bought and gave away a set of Tiago Blue by Thomas O'Brien (non-Target).
I now use the Fern Colorstax with the Turquoise, Juniper, Cobalt, and other blues and greens from Fiesta's Contemporary line. A lot of what I make is Italian, and there are often red sauces. Looks great on Turquoise, or any green, really. And most of the rest of what I serve is green, which looks great on any shade of blue.
I even had a set of white dishes. I gave them away. Borrrrrring.
Have you all seen this book? You can get a new copy for $3.95 + shipping on Amazon.
- I wonder what Janet Jackson would think of Fiestaware. It comes in so many colors and she's a woman of color from a family of many colors, too.
- I like the fact that is made in the U.S.
- I do not understand the fascination and obsession with Fiestaware. ESPECIALLY among gay men.
It's fucking ugly.
I wouldn't own a piece if you fucking PAID me to take it.
- This thread can be described in a single word...
You failed to share with us what appeals to you? What are your favorite paper plates to use? Plastic buffet trays perhaps. Please tell us so we know how to improve our personal tastes. Help us grow and be like you, so sophisticated don'tchaknow.
- R87, that you had to sink to personal insults like that so immediately says all that needs to be said. According to you, if someone doesn't like Fiestaware, then they must be paper-plate using cretins? Really?
Sorry, but I find Fiestaware to be just plain ugly. Like "Soviet Buildings"... big, clunky, over-bearing, boring muddy colors, bleh. And its obsessive fans are just tedious.
- Why are you obsessed with a thread about something you claim to dislike?
- I'm not obsessed with the thread. Two posts (three including this one) is not an obsession.
I am curious why gay people, people allegedly of taste, are so obsessed with it... I can see this being the dinnerware of an elderly mid-west Wisconsin frau maybe ... but come on. Why on earth would any self-respecting gay man care about this crap?
- R90, you might want to acquaint yourself with the concept of personal taste. I'm sure whatever prissy place setting you nibble celery sticks and tic tacs of off is not to the liking of another gay person somewhere.
Why do you need everyone to be just like you? And you still haven't answered why you post on threads for the purpose of shitting all over them if you're not obsessed on some level.
- R90, I do not own a single piece of Fiestaware, but I understand the appeal. It is bright and colorful in a very simple and graphic way. Not everyone adores "Gay Grey".
I do find it interesting that you seem to dislike Fiestaware for its color and soviet building for their lack thereof.
- R90, what dishes do you use?
- Post 1980 Fiestaware is not worth more than $5.00 a piece or less...
Why have you reduced yourself to personal insults. My dear mother is a Wisconsin home maker.
You have yet to share with us what dinner ware you use or find tasteful.
- Colorful? Dull, uninspired colors... muddy and blah.
Seriously, why the fuck would anyone care about this crap?
- R95, pretty much anything else. Anything not so damned clichéd and boring and trite.
"Gee, another gay guy with a Fiestaware fetish. Yawn."
- I'm a woman who posted in this thread. The current serving pieces from discontinued colors go for far more than $5 but that's not why I bought them. It's a look that appealed to me and the luray and other dishes were cheap to acquire. The idea of multicolored dishes has been knocked off by just about everybody so it may not seem quite so special anymore but why be mean about it? If you think it's ugly, why post in this thread? There's pointless bitchery and there's utterly pointless bitchery and this is the latter.
You are now up to 5 posts without telling us what dishes you have. You seem to have an obsession after all. Are they melmac? Do you still live at home and eat of your Ninja Turtles plate?
- I have about 24 different colors of Fiesta place settings and some serving pieces in different colors that I use for everyday. They are very sturdy and heavy, so heavy I split the colors up to fall and spring use so I don't break the kitchen cabinets.
I have some Eva Zeisel Classic Century that I use for company/parties. Link below. I love it's simplicity and slightly odd shapes.
Hopefully I'll get my parents china some day. I don't know the maker but it's white with green rims, trimmed in silver with pagodas in the center. I'm sure my dad got it overseas in the fifties and I doubt it was expensive but it is very pretty and unusual.
- Won't someone please...SHIT IN MY MOUTH!!!???!!!???
- I like the new color, Lapis. I braised some butternut squash (w/onions, sage, dried cranberries, and a little chicken stock) and it looked so good on the Lapis plate.
Some Fiesta blues (add chartreuse or lemongrass, and it's quite nice-looking):
- r100, can you post a pic of the vintage pagoda plates?
- Bette Midler used Fiestaware in her failed sitcom. It was the most interesting part of the show.
- Marshall Crenshaw had painted Harlequinware on the cover of his album.
- I still love my Cuisinart bistro ware. It was made in Poland of wonderful quality. The late great Service Merchandise once had 4 place servings for $30. I sure with I'd bought more than two boxes.
- [quote]I like Russell Wright my mom had a few pieces. They are very artist and good color