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Oct 26, 2010 11:58 AM

Durable Colorful Dinnerware - Le Creuset? Emile Henry?

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  1. If you want colorful dinnerware, Fiestaware has been the go-to for decades. Le Creuset and Emile Henry may be more durable (I have yet to test such things), but Fiestaware is considerably less expensive. LC and EH appear to be going for around $60 for a four-piece set, while a similar Fiestaware set goes for about $25. Note about Fiestaware: If you buy new, never ever pay full retail! It's ALWAYS on sale somewhere.

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      On sale somewhere all the time, so true, and lots of it to be had on ebay, although not necessarily sets for four, mostly individual pieces. Since 1936, tons of colors to chose from, lots of different pieces from serving platters to pitchers, soup bowls, dinner plates and chargers, bakeware, and Fiestaware is quite durable.

      If I broke a piece of Fiestaware, I'd cry much less than I would if I broke a piece of LC or EH.

      To view, and much of it is on sale st this site:

    2. I have Metlox Colorstax in Fern Green (chartreuse), Forest Green, Sky Blue, and Aqua/Turquoise. Problem is, it's not made anymore, so you have to take your chance on eBay. I've never had a bad transaction, but different glaze lots can feature slightly different colors on plates with the same color name. Fern Green has been the most consistent in terms of color matching. I don't think I've ever bought a piece that wasn't the same color as every other piece. It was all made in Manhattan Beach, CA.

      Metlox started making Colorstax in 1978 in response to consumer demand for something like Fiesta, which had ceased production five years earlier. Unfortunately, Metlox went out of business in 1988, coincidentally two years after Homer Laughlin re-introduced Fiesta in the marketplace.

      1. What do you use to go with the Le Creuset dinnerware? They don't have small appetizer plates, fruit bowls, bread plates or any other pieces other than what's sold in the main set. I'm looking to find out what others are getting that looks nice with the Le Creuset. I have the flame dinnerware.

          1. re: kaleokahu

            Which color do you get to go with the flame?

            1. re: emily_marie

              Chances of a color match are probably slim since you are working wtih two manufacturers, the closest would be poppy or tangerine. Your best bet is to look at contrasting colors or complementry colors and what you like is more about personal taste than anything else. Whites are always easy to blend with just about any color and leaves the field open for other colors. Ivory is a toned down contrast, but still easy to mix with warm colors. If you want more color jsut check out the Fiestaware and see what you like. I'd bring in a plate of my Le Creuset to a store and hold it next to the colors and see what went well together. Again, personal taste. Good luck.

              1. re: mikie

                Good advice - thanks! I bought some acacia wood plates but those are meant for cold foods and aren't really usable for heating up small portions like the Le Creuset is.

          2. I'd go for Fiestaware, too, for color and durability. I made a MAJOR yard sale find of a messa Fiesta a few summers ago. Twelve (4 piece) place settings (dinner plate, salad/sandwich, soup/cereal bowl & mug), at least 6 extra bowls and a few serving pieces for $50. That was WAY more than I'd normally pay for a yard sale find, but just couldn't pass it by. Most was "jewel tones" but a few pastels in the mix. I use it every day. I know if I dropped a piece it would be a goner, but no chips/cracks so far. Only wear seems to be very minor knife marks on the palest of colors, and you have to really LOOK to see them.