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Fiesta Tableware Co. celebrates 150 years in manufacturing

NEWELL — The Fiesta Tableware Co. celebrated a milestone anniversary — 150 years of manufacturing in the Unted States, along with the 85th anniversary of the company’s iconic Fiesta Dinnerware brand.

In honor of this occasion, the company dug into its vault to release 12 much-sought-after items or sets of items 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, with Fiesta partnering with the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. Funds were split 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, Fiesta president.

“Congratulations on 150 years of making American-made pottery right here in our area. We would like to thank McIlvain and the company for their generous donation and continued support,” said Brian Shockey, ELHSAA Pottery Auction chairman and vice president.

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

There were 12 items or sets of items in the auction, including the Raspberry Bowl which originally was released on Dec. 5, 1997, with a limited run of 500 pieces. The raspberry glaze commemorated the 500 millionth piece of Fiesta being produced. It sold for $6,000.

Other items included small goblets which never went into production, a prototype peacock batter bowl and a hand-painted Dancing Lady cookie jar signed and dated by company artist Mario Yacoviello.

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