Fiestaware Declares Paprika a Spicy Addition

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After a century in business the makers of Fiestaware, the Homer Laughlin China Company, show no signs of slowing down. It would seem that they've come up with every color possible (they've had at least 39 colors in their history) for their famed glazed ceramic dinnerware which burst on the scene in 1936 and instantly became a favorite in homes throughout the U.S. The rich, bold colors work well in all types of home decor and complement virtually any style.

The latest addition to their rainbow of colors is an earthy paprika, inspired obviously by the Hungarian spice. Putting this newest hue next to the existing line's red, orange, green and blue provides even more versatility for homeowners looking to add to their collection.

Their dinnerware can be a bit pricey though - especially with it's by-the-piece pricing. For example, a single ramekin dish goes for $6.49 and a set of three mixing bowls for $139.99, and since the idea with these bold colors is to mix and match most pieces are sold individually.

We found a few less expensive options in the same shade.

Less expensive options are available at stores like CB2 (Crate & Barrel's more modern and lower priced sister store) and Target, both of which offer similar "spicy" colors and in sets that cost as low as $19.99. While more classic paprika-colored dishes available at outlets like Sur La Table and Oneida are more costly than Target and CB2, it's still less pricey than Fiestaware.

But you might want to think of Fiestaware as a good investment. While the company has had its history of ups and downs - a drop in popularity in the early 1970s when the line was discontinued but as the 50th anniversary approached in the late 1980s it was reintroduced with more contemporary colors - a search for Fiestaware online will open your eyes to the rocketing prices of vintage pieces.

The Fiesta Dinnerware line - which now includes over 50 items - is the most collected china style in the United States and sought heavily around the world. Pottery enthusiasts and collectors even attend nationwide events to trade, barter and find rare colors no longer in production.

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