American dinnerware companies grew out of the crockery, stoneware and yellow ware business. Whiteware and porcelain made in the United States was well established by the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, you can find whiteware and porcelain made before the 20th century at flea markets, antiques and collectibles shops and shows, but you may not recognize the marks. The English lion, shield, and crown appear on many American dinnerware pieces.
Why did ceramics and pottery manufacturers proliferate in California during the 20th century? Was it the climate, or the fact that so many people were there or headed to California anyway? Actually, it's several factors combined that resulted in more than 1, pottery companies setting up shop from San Diego to the north of San Francisco. Among the possible reasons for California becoming a hotbed of pottery production:. Like many industries, pottery companies established their roots in California. Many flourished, while others barely managed to stay afloat for a couple of years.
There seems to be a problem serving the request at this time. Whether you want to show your home-state loyalty or you want to collect a piece of every state in the Union, collectible state dinner plates offer a beautiful and endlessly diverse way to do it. Collect souvenir state plates for their aesthetic appeal, sentimental value, or objective collector's value.
Fiesta , often called Fiestaware, is a line of ceramic glazed dinnerware manufactured and marketed by the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, West Virginia   since its introduction in ,  with a hiatus from to Fiesta is noted for its Art Deco styling featuring concentric circles—and its range of solid colors. Parry, who became Homer Laughlin's art director in Fiesta is sold in sets or from "open stock" where customers can select by the piece, mixing and matching from the entire color range.