05/11/2005

See china at: www.wvuhgift.com

Special Edition Fiestaware® is Exclusive to Friends Gift Shop

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Soon, you’ll be able to add to your Fiestaware® collection – or your West Virginia University memorabilia collection – and help the Friends of WVU Hospitals at the same time. By special arrangement with the Homer Laughlin China Co., the Friends will be the exclusive distributor of a line of Fiesta® items emblazoned with WVU symbols.

Five Fiesta items are available: dinner plates, chop plates, mugs, pitchers and tool crocks. Each will be sold in three color schemes – gold with blue accents, blue with gold, and white with blue-and-gold. Some items include the “Flying WV” logo, others have “The Mountaineer.”

“I think these will be very popular,” says Pat Antion, manager of the Friends Gift Shop on the first floor of WVU Hospitals. The pattern will be sold exclusively through the WVU Hospitals gift shop and the gift shop website, www.wvuhgift.com .

“This a partnership between a great company that’s proud of its West Virginia roots and a great university that’s proud of its West Virginia roots,” said Cathy Snow, specialty sales manager for the Homer Laughlin China Company.

Fiesta®  is manufactured by Homer Laughlin in Newell, West Virginia, and is used and collected all over the world. The china was designed by Frederick Hurton Rhead in 1936. As originally designed, the line featured art deco styling and bold, bright colors.

The Mountaineer Fiesta® collection was designed by Antion and her son, Whinston. The two have donated their rights to the design to the Friends so that all sales will benefit future patients at the hospitals.

Prices range from $15.50 for a mug to $43.50 for the countertop tool crock. Internet orders will also be charged for shipping, unless the item is ordered as a gift for a patient at the hospital.

If the series is a hit with collectors, Homer Laughlin will produce additional pieces in the future, Antion said.

 

WVU Fiestaware Price List

(Available only from WVU Hospitals Friends Gift Shop)

Java Mug                   $15.50

Dinner Plate               $22.50

Chop Plate                 $30.50

Large Disc Pitcher            $38.50

Tool Crock                 $43.50

View designs online at www.wvuhgift.com.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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