Customer Reviews: Fiesta 4-Piece Place Setting, Shamrock
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on March 12, 2004
I've had the same set of white porcelain dinnerware for 18 years. These dishes were joined a few years ago by my husband's black stoneware dishes, and I quickly realized that food looked a LOT better on his dishes. Since that time, the menfolk (husband & 14 y/o stepson) have chipped, cracked or otherwise broken several pieces of my dinnerware set. Thus upon a recent significant birthday, I decided I was going to buy myself a new set of dinnerware as a present.
I loved the way food looked on the black plates, and wanted dishes colorful enough to stand up to my deep red dining room. The dishes had to be tough enough to stand up to the menfolk, be dishwasher friendly and microwave safe. I soon settled on Fiestaware. I loved the assortment of colors and serving pieces and the possibility of mixing and matching colors and pieces. A big plus was the variety of places to order them online, allowing me to avoid the dreaded mall. I did make one trip to a local kitchen store to look over the colors in person, as I know the accuracy of color representation online is iffy.
I ordered 4-piece place settings from Amazon in plum, persimmon, turquoise, sunflower and cinnabar (I'm still waiting on the sunflower). I added a matching boullion cups, the pedestal bowl in plum, serving pieces from the Betty Crocker catalog in juniper, and dinner plates in chartreuse from Ebay. The colors are absolutely scrumptious, and with all those colors I can mix and match to suit my mood, my outfit, the dish I am serving, the weather or any combination of the above. The dishes are attractively designed, and fit well in the dishwasher. The mugs are amazingly comfortable to hold (I wasn't sure they would be), and the cereal bowls are generous in size. There are numerous shapes and kinds of serving dishes to accompany the dinnerware, which will make it hard to stop adding to the collection. And did I mention I love the colors?
Most of the place settings arrived very quickly, with the longest wait for the sunflower. Amazon shipped for free, and the boxes arrived in excellent condition with no breakage, just lots of cardboard to recycle, so no complaints on that. I've been using most of the dishes now for about a month.
Now for the downside, and I'm sorry to say there is one. Apparently Fiestaware has a long history of production flaws. Several of my dishes arrived with glazing flaws such as debris in the glaze, glaze pops and skips. Amazon exchanged quickly and easily, no complaints there, but one of the replacements, the persimmon boullion cup, arrived with an even worse flaw. It looks like Homer Laughlin China needs to do some significant work on their quality control. Others have mentioned that the dark colors show some scratches from use, and unfortunately I have to agree. To date, however, the scratches are not significant enough that I'm overly concerned, after all these dishes get used daily and tossed in the dishwasher.
On the whole, I love these dishes, and am happy with purchase. They were reasonably priced and will offer years of service. If the thought of a few scratches on the plates, or a few pieces with production flaws, concerns you, though, I suggest you consider different dinnerware. I'd give Fiestaware 5 stars if they could clean-up their production act; until then 3 will suffice.
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on November 12, 2011
We have collected a complete one piece setting of colors we like over the years (the table always looks like a party with the fun mix of colors) but something we noticed over the years were the marks and lines on the plates, cups, bowls (especially the lighter colors).... small gray "pencil marks" that wouldn't wash off in the dishwasher and were nearly impossible to scrub off with "Bar Keeper's Friend" and various abrasive cleansers that would make them look only slightly better... with all the elbow grease and time you had. I had searched online forever looking for an answer and finally found it. Wrights Copper Cream's a cream you rub on with the included sponge and the marks just disappear! I had assumed the lines were tiny scratches in the glaze but after cleaning the entire set yesterday each plate looks and feels as smooth and shiny and glossy as the day we got them! I found mine at my local Kroger supermarket but I see Amazon has it also for sale. Wrights Copper Cream Polish and everyone will think you replaced your dishes with new ones!
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on August 21, 2001
For those of you that are new to the Fiesta Ware line by Homer Laughlin Corporation (HLC), this is NOT a knock-off of the original production. This new line of Fiesta Ware - manufactured by HLC - is primarily produced with the original molds used to produce the product for over the past 60 years or so.
New Fiesta Ware is made of a vitrifed china which requires a higher firing temperature than the oringal line which was made of semi-vitrified china. Vitrified china appeals to the restaurant industry, a large part of HLC's customer base. (Next time you are in a restaurant, peek under the plate to see the name of the manufacturer - it will probably be HLC!) However, to accomodate shrinkages caused by the higher temperature, mold changes had to be done to the lids and 10.5" plates.
Restaurants use Fiesta Ware and other HLC china because of its durability. I have been using the new Fiesta Ware for every meal, every day for the past 13 years and have only broken a few things. (Thankfully, they usually survive the drop into my cast-iron/enamal sink without a scratch.)
As far as manufacturing flaws are concerned, you will find them. They may included variations in the depth of color or a glazed-over "bump" in the china. (Anyone that has collected older Fiesta Ware will tell you that these same flaws exist in the older pieces as well.) If you are particular, check your product! If you don't like it exchange it. However, I have found flaws to be more uncommon than common, and those that I find are fairly minor and not bothersome.
HLC has added new items to the line, again, mostly for the restaurant trade; however, they are welcome additions to any kitchen. My personal favorite is the 12" rimmed bowl which is great for a big serving of pasta!
Bottom line: In my opinion, this is a wonderfully durable, colorful and fun line of china - enjoy it for a long time!
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on January 21, 2005
Many years ago, I bought fine, expensive china...only to find that I worried constantly when I used it, and it really didn't go with most of my table linens. Plus I had to have the stoneware for when I didn't want to use the expensive stuff.

I got smart, got rid of all of it, and for the past 7 years, all I've had is my wonderful Fiestaware.

It looks GREAT, goes with ANYTHING, wears like iron, and there are all kinds of extra pieces whenever I want something special. Not only that, but there's a color for any mood I happen to be in (yes, I got mine in assorted colors).

The only downside I can see is that if the Fiestaware people keep issuing wonderful new colors every year, I will have a stack of dishes 10 feet high.

It's so incredibly cool that my daughter had to have the same thing when she got married (and anything that can overcome the uncoolness of what your mom had must be extraordinary, right?).
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on September 18, 2000
I've had my Fiestaware for over ten years now and I never get tired of it! I purchased it in my first marriage and got it all in the divorce. I have since remarried - when I was completing my bridal registry I had absolutely no wish to register for dinnerware. What can I say? A classic American design, and it comes in a rainbow of can keep all one color or mix and match (as I did). And these dishes are DURABLE -- I have not broken a single one! In addition, they are great sizes -- the cereal bowls, especially. And what a great value!
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on May 20, 2007
My husband and I ordered twelve place settings of Fiestaware in persimmon, turquoise, sunflower, heather, and white. We are very pleased with the purchase and love how the colors look together. The only complaint is that the glaze on the white plates seems to be more fragile than the other colors -- after only a few uses the dinner plates were covered with very dark knife scratches. The Amazon review says that scratches from flatware can be "easily removed with a nonabrasive cleaner" but I haven't been able to get them off. I have also noticed some production flaws (small bare spots, etc.) but these are minimal, and overall I think that Fiestaware is a great deal. I love how the dishes can go into the oven and how they don't get hot when microwaved. Also, we're very clumsy and haven't chipped a piece after 6 months of use. I'm giving 2 stars specifically to the white setting (and most people are probably not buying Fiesta in white!). I'd give 5 stars to the other colors.
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on November 1, 2013
Just wanted to let others know that the color called ivory is more like a pale yellow than a beige type color. My husband saw the place setting that arrived today, and he said , "Why did you get a yellow set?" I agree-- it IS better to call it pale yellow.

It arrived fast and in one piece.
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on January 4, 2003
I purchased four four piece place settings of Fiestaware from and I will never have anything else. The heft is just right, the colors fabulous (the one's on the internet are not even close for periwinkle, persimmon, yellow and turquois - the actual Fiestaware is much, much more dramatic and saturated, just fantastic), The overall effect simply beautiful. You might think mixing bright and/or pastel colors would make the effect less formal, perhaps less expensive, but just the opposite is true. The table looks like a million dollars! And like I said in my title, I even like washing it. Now that is saying something!
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on June 29, 2013
I love having 15 settings of Fiesta all in different colors, however Lapis is the first color that makes me wonder if I should just go with all one color. It's beautiful and looks better in person than it does in the photo.
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on October 6, 2013
My grandparents had Fiesta Ware when I was growing up. I always thought it was so pretty. When my husband and I were choosing what kind of dishes we wanted it was very important to us that they were made in the USA. We were thrilled to know that they are still made here. We have a different color for each of the 12 place settings we own. They are durable, beautiful.... timeless. I feel as though I'm carrying on a family tradition when I set my table, I just love them!
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