Kim Bryant, a director of operations in Digital Media here at HQ, submits this member station mug shot and says:
As a native of the Mountain State, I love that WVPB uses Fiestaware for its mug premiums (yes, I’m a member!) Because Fiesta is produced by the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, WV, and always has been.
And I got this colorful contribution via Twitter this week:
— NPRMemberPartnership (@nprstations)April 12, 2016
NPR’s Linda Wertheimer is a huge fan of Fiesta, too, and did a gorgeous profile of the company a couple of years ago. You can read and listen here. There are also photos and gifs from inside the factory that you have to see! Here’s a snippet:
Inside the old buildings, with fog pouring off the Ohio River and drifting into the windows, the ware comes out of the fire, magically transformed — creamy orange, intense red, vivid turquoise. Bright pottery is stacked in bins and crates and piled all over the place.
“I remember the first time I actually went to the facility, and I’m looking around and I’m thinking, ‘Boy, am I back in the 1940s or what?’ … ” says Bruce Smith, the head of the union representing the pottery workers.