You like the colors. The pretty circle plates. Something about Fiesta calls to you, and I understand. My sister picked up a cobalt disk pitcher and has never looked back. (My mistake was finding the color peacock.)
There are many different ways to go about this.
Do you want to collect just one color? Sure! Do you want to collect all colors of one item? Sure! Do you want to collect whatever catches your fancy? Sure!
There are no rules when it comes to collecting Fiesta. Do whatever your heart desires.
I’m here to share a little bit of history about the pieces and the colors, and to give you checklists, because checklists make me happy, and they might make you happy too.
This dessert bowl was originally thought to be a salad bowl by Frederick Rhead, and to be used with the Kitchen Kraft utensils. Also one of the larger pieces, this bowl doesn’t quite reach it’s official dimension of 11¾” but usually reaches just under 11⅜”.
Because the circles on the bottom were hand jiggered, the circle patter vary from even to graduated. All versions have the Fiesta logo. These large bowls are only found in the Original Six colors.
This huge salad bowl is one of the largest vintage pieces in the Fiesta line. Originally, the foot was molded separately and connected by hand, but the laborious process was was quickly changed and a mold for the entire bowl was created.
This mold was also used for the Tom & Jerry bowl, which is why you see a bowl with the Tom & Jerry decal with the familiar Fiesta mold. Tom & Jerry, while also a name for a mug in the Fiesta line, is a traditional Christmas drink that is similar to eggnog.
The footed salad bowl is a slightly more difficult piece to find, since it was produced in lower numbers than other items, and it’s only found in the original six colors. Red and yellow are the hardest to find.
This six inch bowl was original considered to be a fruit bowl by it’s designer, Frederick Rhead, and some people might call it that, but it’s official designation is a dessert bowl.
This dessert bowl, retired in late 1960, was the last item to be discontinued from the Fiesta line before Fiesta became Fiesta Ironstone in 1969. Medium green is, of course, the hardest to find, particularly because it was retired one year after medium green was introduced.