The Fiesta dinnerware collection, which many of us refer to as Fiestaware, has been a feature on tables since 1936. The bold, bright Fiestaware colors combined with the art deco styling, was not only popular when it was introduced but has become one of the most collected china products ever. Although the line was discontinued in 1973, it made a comeback in 1986 for the 50th anniversary of its creation by Frederick Hurten Rhead.
Over the years the Fiesta collection has featured 42 distinct colors, four of which were specifically intended to be limited edition runs. For the full range of colors please check out our Fiestaware Vintage page.
There are only 15 colors in production currently, represented by the stack of plates displayed at the top of this page. Each of the colors are listed along with the years that color was produced:
|White||1986 – present|
|Black||1986 – present|
|Cobalt Blue||1986 – present|
|Peacock||2005 – present|
|Turquoise||1998 – present|
|Paprika||2010 – present|
|Chocolate||2008 – present|
|Marigold*||2008 – 2012|
|Lemongrass||2009 – present|
|Ivory||2008 – present|
|Sunflower||2001 – present|
|Tangerine||2003 – present|
|Scarlet||2004 – present|
|Plum||2002 – present|
As noted, Marigold will be discontinued in 2012. This is a 75th Anniversary color, one of the four colors pre-designated as limited edition. The other three colors were Lilac (1993-1995), Sapphire (1996-1997), and Chartreuse (1997-1999).
Not only does the Fiesta collection feature a wide choice of colors, but there are over 50 different items available. You can coordinate, mix-n-match, and accentuate with items ranging from the 8” spoon rest to the 70-ounce covered casserole dish. They even offer vases and flower pots that can be used throughout the house, for a little splash of color.
The Fiesta Dinnerware line is sturdy enough to use everyday. While certainly not inexpensive, the durability and stylishness of their products justify the manageable pricing. As an example: a dinner plate will run you $11 – $18, a cereal bowl $7 – $10, and a mug $9 – $13. Prices can vary quite a bit, so it is a good idea to do your research before buying large quantities.
You certainly do not have to limit yourself to just the fifteen Fiestaware colors currently in production. There are many sources for obtaining retired colors, although they may be getting more expensive and harder to find as collectors snatch them up. However, the current range of colors does offer something for most everyone.