There is no doubt that companies like Chance
seized the opportunity after the austere post-war years
to grab the imagination of people by introducing innovative
and practical designs.
Gone were the more elaborate designs to be replaced
by sleek shapes, with mind-blowing contemporary designs:
and none captured the imagination more than the fabled
'Swirl' pattern with its hypnotic rays radiating from a central
Imagine a range of products with over 35 different
shapes and several sizes, and then decorate
them with a huge range of stunning patterns.
Collecting heaven... or nightmare??!!
Early Ruby Greco plate and bowl
The amount of shapes produced is equally bewildering.
In all there are over 35 types... but
also in many different sizes. Everything
related to tableware and drinkware can be
with some highly unusual items, such
as the Serviette Holder.
Canterbury pattern on fluted edge plate
Hard to believe that a single design could endure
after 50 years. Actually, we have cheated a little
because Chance stopped production of the original
design in the early 1970s
... but Joseph Joseph
had the foresight to reintroduce a revamped
What to buy, what to ignore. Unless it's a scare pattern
anything with chips, cracks or even rubbed gilt
is best ignored.
But ferret out a rare pattern or shape, and it
can become very rewarding.
Rare Blue Willow pattern, 1952
These vases have really come into their own and can be
considered an entire collecting subset of Fiestaware.
Here we explore the various types and patterns
and offer a complete cross-reference guide to this
To date there are 'only'
159 different patterns, types and sizes
'Grid' pattern. Only known in three colours:
black, red, blue and very rarely seen.
A 7" model with this pattern
sold for £200 on eBay, May 2006