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A Rainbow Of Fiesta Color By Susan Emerson Mellish
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Walk into the Theatre Gallery of the Culture Center of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and one’s senses are immediately overwhelmed with color. And why not? Arching over an 18 by 16ft wall is an impressive rainbow of Fiestaware; a wonderful display marking the 75th anniversary of this highly collectible dinnerware.
A product of West Virginia’s own Homer Laughlin China Co., Fiestaware continues to be one of the most popular collectibles in the marketplace today. The Culture Center knew they could not let such a momentous occasion as a 75th anniversary go by without a bit of fanfare. Turning first to the storage areas of the state Division of Culture and History, Charles Morris, the director of collections and exhibits for Culture and History, began developing an idea.
Working with the state’s collection of Fiesta and with help from Homer Laughlin, Morris and exhibits coordinator, Betty G. Gay, came up with the idea of creating a Fiesta starburst/rainbow of sorts. The plan was to dramatically illustrate Homer Laughlin’s colorful history.