Talavera, a Mexican treasure!

In today's world, Talavera ceramics have developed an international renown that reflects its prestige on a national and international scale. This is due to its diverse product line and high quality. In addition to the humblest of its objects, Talavera potters have fired earthenware and tiles with the most refined techniques. Talavera from Puebla is characterized by its beauty and the quality with which the artisans give life to each piece. Learn more about these precious objects!

 The Famous Talavera from Puebla

Talavera Puebla

 Puebla represents the largest colonial city in the country, it is known for its splendid historic center, but it is also recognized worldwide for its beautiful tradition of Talavera ceramic production. The Talavera from Puebla is a fine earthenware that is popular throughout the world for its design and decoration. The Talavera de la Reina, Seville and Genoa artisans settled in Puebla in 1550; there they taught indigenous people how to handle clay by sharing their techniques. The goal was to produce earthenware that was richer than that produced in Europe. It was this original product that we know today as Puebla talavera. Little has changed in the process of elaboration of the pottery. It was the shapes and the decoration that underwent a great transformation, due to stylistic influences from different countries and times. By the 18th century, Talavera pottery from Mexico became so popular that they were traded in Guatemala, Santo Domingo, and Venezuela.

Talavera obtains the Denomination of Origin in 1995

What does this mean? 

The denomination of origin is the ratification of the elements and conditions that guarantee the production of an autochthonous product, unique in the world, and with a long history and tradition. On March 17, 1995, the resolution granting protection to the Denomination of Origin “Talavera de Puebla” was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. Subsequently, on September 11, 1997, the Modification to the aforementioned General Declaration of Protection was published, to be simply “Talavera”.

Talavera Use and Traditions

Talavera Utensils

 The Talavera is mainly used for utensils of common use such as plates, vases, bowls, religious articles and decorative figures. However, over time, the concept of crockery changed, since in the 16th century the table service was very elementary and practically consisted of bowls, fountains, and spice racks. Over time, this was transformed, and it made the production much more complex. Soon their use became widespread and was combined with tiles and bricks, covering entire facades! Many of the facades of the historic center of Puebla are decorated with these tiles, as well as fountains, patios, churches, and other buildings that together constitute an important part of Puebla's baroque architecture.

The use of tiles was a demonstration of the economic status of the family or the church. This led to a saying that goes: 
"Not aspiring to build a tiled Talavera house is equivalent to not aspiring to much in life."

Talavera Inspired Jewelry

Now, if you have fallen in love with this beautiful art, you will be obsessed with our Talavera inspired jewelry collection! With the help of our talented artisan partner from Mexico City, these minimalist and elegant, one-of-a-kind drop earrings were created by combining the traditional and vibrant Talavera from Puebla. A wearable piece of art that is modern, bohemian, and versatile is created by the fusion of these two talents. To view the entire collection, click here. 

Do you own your own collection of Talavera art? Let us know why you love it so much!

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