The Homer Laughlin China Company has been a leader in the design and manufacture of food service and retail china products for over 130 years. Best known for the classic and timeless Fiesta, The Homer Laughlin China Company manufactures china products in shapes, designs and patterns that continue to delight and satisfy customers. Visitors to The Homer Laughlin China Company and Retail Outlet can expect to find unsurpassed craftmanship, state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and the timeless quality of enduring products.
The Homer Laughlin China Company owes Fiesta’s origin to a two kiln pottery on the banks of the Ohio River in East Liverpool, Ohio. Built in 1871 by Homer Laughlin and his brother Shakespeare, the Laughlin Brothers Pottery was one of the first whiteware plants in the country. The turning point in the artistic focus of the company came in 1927 with the addition of noted ceramist Frederick Hurton Rhead. His design vision would culminate in the 1936 introduction of Fiesta, Homer Laughlin’s best selling line, and today one of the most collected china products in the world.
With the introduction of fully vitrified china in 1959, Homer Laughlin was able to participate in the restaurant/hotel markets. Homer Laughlin concentrated Fiesta’s efforts on the food service market and continued to add new shapes, patterns and decorating techniques throughout the 60’s and 70’s. The reintroduction of Fiesta in 1986 as a high fire, fully vitrified, lead free product redefined the standard for both food service and retail china products.