Fiesta Pitcher

Years ago, when I was a child, my mother had a collection of Fiesta® Dinnerware. At the time, I probably thought that all dinnerware looked like Fiesta Ware. To me, it was the “standard” of plates, cups and saucers. Probably by the time I was 12 or 13, Dad bought a more expensive set of china for Mom, and we gave the colorful Fiesta Ware to a second-hand store.

I have had many different kinds of dinnerware over the years, from Corning Ware to Lenox, but about 10 years ago I began to search the thrift stores for pieces of Fiesta Ware. I thought it would be a challenge to build a multicolored collection of the Fiesta Ware brand. I must admit, that about this time I also had help from a very special Fiesta-Ware Angel, who loved thrift shops even more than I do, and, in his travels, picked up most of the pieces I have today.

That includes this pastel yellow pitcher. The pitcher is one of the major iconic pieces of the Fiesta Ware line.

Even in the thrift shop, they can get $15.00 to $20.00 for this pitcher. My friend is charmed when it comes to thrift shop “finds”. He happened upon this pitcher for less than $10.00, and it is the antique Fiesta Ware and not the new line. I was thrilled to get this piece, to say the least!

So, I decided to try painting the lines of this pitcher in oil paint. I doubt that Homer Laughlin, the man who started the Homer Laughlin China Company in the USA, is around today to see the resurgence in popularity of his line, he called, “Fiesta Ware”, but old or new there is no question, this line of dinnerware is nothing less than a work of art.

“Fiesta Pitcher” is an 8×10 oil on canvas-board and is a part of the “Painting Today” series.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. Try to imagine that the pitcher is filled with Ice Tea and waiting for you when you come in from the hot afternoon sun. Cheers!

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