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History of Fiestaware:
The Laughlin Brothers Pottery was founded in 1871 by brothers Homer and Shakespeare. First specializing in whiteware and placing top honors in 1876 at the Centennial Exhibit in Philadelphia. Shakespeare withdrew from the Company in 1877 and Homer renamed it Laughlin Pottery and then the Homer Laughlin China Company, as it is known today. He retired in 1877 and sold it to his bookeeper William Edwin Wells and a Pittsburgh family named Aaron and even today the company is still owned and run by members of these families.
The company made a splash in 1936 when the Fiesta-line was launched and exhibited at the Pittsburgh Pottery and Glass Show. Designed by the company art director, well known English potter, Frederick Rhead.