Ravenna was first developed on August 27, 1931. Rhead wronte in his journal: Worked on Rose 7" plate, Ravenna.
He continued to model this plate - which actually measured 9" since Rhead used trade sizes in his notes - along with a smaller plate until August 31st.
At the time, work in the art department was proceeding slowly with the Jade shape and for the month of September, sketches for both Jade and Ravenna
were being made in reviewed. In October, there was little activity with Ravenna. The only piece Rhead even mentions was a 9" nappy since work was
focused on Jade and the Apple Tree bowls. However, on November 2, 1931, J. M. Wells approved the Ravenna shape and ordered the line to be expanded.
For the rest of November, Ravenna pieces were modeled and decaled samples of flatware were being made to be shown to various buyers.
The Ravenna teacup, saucer, 7" plate, oatmeal bowl, and fruit cup were selected as a special breakfast set for Quaker Oats. Such pieces are often marked
with the "Ravenna" backstamp. Other potteries shared in production of the Quaker Oats/Ravenna line.
The standard Ravenna line was often marked with the regular Homer Laughlin backstamp.
Ravenna is often confused with the Orleans shape.