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Fiesta Tableware Company celebrates 150 years of American craftsmanship with donation to students

The Fiesta Tableware Company recently celebrated 150 years of business with an auction to benefit the East Liverpool and Oak Glen school districts. From left, Drew Cooper, East Liverpool High School Alumni Association President; Brian Shockey, East Liverpool High School Alumni Association Pottery Auction Chairman and Vice President; Liz McIlvain, Fiesta Tableware Company President; Matt Wicks, Fiesta Tableware Company COO; Marvin Six, Oak Glen High School Alumni Association President. (Submitted photo)

NEWELL — The Fiesta Tableware Company recently celebrated a milestone anniversary — 150 years of manufacturing in the USA, along with the company’s iconic Fiesta Dinnerware brand celebrating its 85th anniversary.

In honor of this landmark occasion, the company dug into its vault to release 12 coveted items and/or sets of items in order to raise money to benefit local scholarship funds. Gross sales from the auction resulted in $20,739, leading to a donation of $18,610.71 after all fees were paid.

The Online Auction was held Sept. 24 through Oct. 8. The Fiesta Tableware Company partnered with the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association (ELHSAA) for this auction and funds raised will promote education in the local school districts. Funds were split equally between the ELHSAA for a new Mentorship Program with East Liverpool City Schools and the Oak Glen High School Alumni Association for college or trade school scholarships.

“Our community has been the backbone of our company for 150 years. What better way to show our appreciation for their support than to provide opportunities for our region’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Liz McIlvain, president of the Fiesta Tableware Company.

“Congratulations on 150 years of making American-made pottery right here in our area. We would like to thank Liz McIlvain and the Fiesta Tableware Company for their generous donation and continued support,” said Brian Shockey, ELHSAA Pottery Auction Chairman and Vice President.

This Raspberry Bowl, released in limited supply Dec. 5, 1997, garnered $6,000. (Submitted photo)

“It is an honor to be a part of the Fiesta Tableware Company’s 150 year celebration and to receive their generous donation to create scholarships. Thanks to Liz McIlvaine for her dedication to our community and students,” said Marvin Six, Oak Glen High School Alumni Association President.

There were 12 items and/or sets of items in total that were truly special. One in particular was a showstopper — the Raspberry Bowl. It was originally released on Dec. 5, 1997, with a very limited run of 500 pieces in the Raspberry glaze to commemorate the 500 millionth piece of Fiesta being produced. They’ve been known to garner upwards of $5,000 at auction in recent years; this one was sold for $6,000.

Other items included:

— Small Goblets (prototype only, never went to production)

— Peacock Batter Bowl (prototype only, never went to production)

— A true one-of-a-kind Dancing Lady Cookie Jar, hand painted, signed and dated by Fiesta Tableware Company artist Mario Yacoviello

— Other Fiesta finds from the vault…and more!

History

Founded in 1871, The Fiesta Tableware Company was one of the first white ware plants in the United States. With a 150-year history, the company long stood as a leader in the design and manufacture of food service and retail china products — true to the skills of the craft and integrity of the potter — and has always been proud to make its products in the USA.

Fiesta is truly an iconic American brand. It was introduced 85 years ago, during the Great Depression, in vibrant colors to brighten spirits: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Ivory. Now, Fiesta is made in 15 signature shades at any given time. One new color is introduced every year; the new color for 2021 is Twilight.

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