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.
During it’s (so far) 80 year run, HLC branched into several other lines of Fiesta that were, in general, fired during their last five or six years of their vintage period.
Perhaps the most well-known of the offshoot Fiesta lines, Ironstone is generally considered part of the Fiesta color-line up. Ironstone was fired from 1969-1972. There were three colors in the firing, antique gold, mango red, and turf green, all meant to be modeled off of popular colors at the time.
Despite not holding the name Fiesta, several collectors still consider this as part of the Fiesta line, since many of the pieces are made from the same molds as regular Fiestaware. It was both introduced and retired in 1967. It comes in a brown glaze (somewhat similar to the post86 chocolate glaze, however there are differences in the shapes of the products) and some pieces have a black silk screen pattern on them.
Fiesta Casualstone was a similar product to Amberstone. It was produced in 1970, and was a gold color, similar to the antique gold Ironstone color. It, too, contained a silk screen pattern on several pieces, but it had a more delicate pattern than the Amberstone.
Fiesta Casuals came in two colors, blue and yellow. There were only eight different products, given teacup and saucer as one product. They had a flower pattern were stenciled on the oval platter, the dinner plate, the salad plate, and the saucer. The solids were the nappies, the fruit bowl, the creamer, the sugar with lid, and the teacup.
Fiesta Harmony Line
Fiesta Harmony line was, similarly to the Casuals line, a set of stenciled plates, cups, and bowls that were meant to pair well with the original six colors. HLC paired with the Nautilus line in 1936.
For two years, from 1954 to 1955, Fiesta produced calendar plates. These only came in light green, ivory, and yellow.
Kitchen Kraft was it’s own line, but in 1937, they began dipping their shapes in Fiesta colors, which is why you so often see these products in Fiesta colors and sold along side them.
Fiesta Ensembles was when HLC began selling Fiesta in sets, similarly to what they do today, only they also sold them with glassware and flatware. This began in 1939.
In 1935, some products were sold with decals, although these can be very hard to find, and most are like part of the other lines, and in the 30s and 40s, HLC sold striped Fiesta, in yellow and ivory, with red, green, or blue stripes.
The cream soup bowl was used quite a lot in advertising by HLC and thus is very iconic. It was produced from 1936-1959. The lug handles are considered classic Fiesta, but you can’t find it on any other product. Because this was discontinued shortly after medium green was released, the medium green is the rarest of the cream soup bowls.
Original Yellow, Original Ivory, Radioactive Red, Original Cobalt Blue, Original Turquoise, Light Green
Original Turquoise, Radioactive Red, Light Green, Original Cobalt, Original Rose, Original Yellow
During the vintage period, HLC produced limited versions of striped Fiesta products. They came in three colors of stripes: red, blue, and green, and on two base colors: ivory and yellow. Red and ivory are the most common of these rare combinations, and the most popular, due to the fact that they look the best together.
All stripes are hand-painted. Green was likely a Sears exclusive.
Various plates and bowls
Recently, the striped look has been reintroduced, so make sure you aren’t paying vintage prices for a post86 piece!
The covered onion soup bowl is one of the rarer vintage Fiesta products, as it was only fired from 1936 to 1937. It’s particularly difficult to find in turquoise, as it was discontinued shortly after turquoise was introduced, making the turquoise onion soup bowl a much sought after product. This means you can only find this soup bowl in the original six colors!
Each handle and top knob were attached by hand creating a very long production process. The first versions had a flat bottom on the inside, and in early 1937 was exchanged for a rounded bottom.
However, if you are very, very lucky there is one other color, and that is an ivory and red striped version. The stripes would have been hand painted. There is no known value for this piece due to it’s incredible rarity.
Approximate dimensions: L:6⅛” x W:4½” x H:4⅜”