Durable Colorful Dinnerware - Le Creuset? Emile Henry?
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.
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:
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.