Viva Fiestaware!

In my wanderings through the antique shops and malls of Northeastern United States, I was always struck by the quantity of Fiestaware on display. As I was only interested in frame drummers, I usually walked by these displays without a glance. That is until April of 2013 when I passed a large display of Fiestaware in the Mad Hatter Antique Mall in Adamstown, PA, where, front and center in the display was a 12" high resin Spanish dancer in a cobalt blue gown shaking her tambourine. My first thought, on seeing her, was that someone had added her to the Fiestaware display to add a little extra pizazz, but on closer examination the Fiesta logo and copyright sign were right there on her red pedestal. It turns out that The Homer Laughlin China Co. uses this dancing lady as the symbol for their Fiestaware line and my discovery may have been used for store displays. The dancing lady was not actually made by Homer Laughlin but was manufactured under license. However we were subsequently able to purchase a couple of genuine Fiestaware pieces with the dancing lady symbol: a plate and a Christmas tree ornament for 2009.