Works of Art – Talavera

1404246573-TH085_a (1)Works of art good enough to eat off – that’s the essence of Talavera pottery.

The Mexican pottery, which has been around for 400 years and is primarily made in Puebla City, is an artistic and practical achievement. Vases, cups, plates, serving bowls, and tiles, called azulejos, are some of the items I saw being made in Uriate Talavera factory where the highly regarded, expensive pottery is hand made. The factory, which was established in 1824, is one of Puebla city’s most renowned because it is one of the few authentic Talavera workshops left today. Talavera is one of Mexico’s most unique items, making it a worthwhile gift to bring home.

Puebla City is located sixty miles southeast of Mexico City, making it a convenient hop, skip, and a jump away – and a convenient escape – from Mexico City, which is the world’s largest. Puebla City, which is also the capital of the same name state, is the country’s fourth largest urban center. Approximately two million people live there. The residents, who call themselves poblanos, live in the most European of all of Mexico’s colonial cities. The Spanish established and planned the 16th century city from the  ground up, rather than building it within an existing indigenous community. They did this because the location was on the main route between Mexico City and Veracruz, which was at that time the most important port in the country. Puebla City is situated at a height of 7,000 feet above sea level and is  blessed with a temperate, year round climate.

While the Spanish may have first introduced the highly decorative art from their home country when they settled in the heart of Mexico, diverse artistic styles, including Moorish and Oriental cultural nuances transformed the colonizer’s craft to what it is today. The Moorish influence of cobalt blue patterns on white appeared on Mexican pottery around the late 15th century, while the Oriental styles of animals and floral designs were first seen in the mid-16th century. To be authentic, Talavera pottery (named after a town in Spain) must be hand-painted in intricate designs using natural dyes derived from minerals. The colors used include blue, black, yellow, green and reddish pink.   During a ninety-minute tour of the factory, we learned just how long it takes to make these detailed works of art. And while the pottery is expensive to purchase, even at the point of production, our tour helped us understand why. The factory usually offers free tours that are shorter, but our group of writers was interested in learning minute details about how the pottery is made.

Authentic Talavera for Spring Entertaining

Talavera Serving Bowl - Made in MexicoWarmer weather is just around the corner and it will soon be time to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and throw some spectacular parties. Whether the occasion is a casual barbeque filled with hot dogs and the perfect burger, or a formal occasion packed with relatives you have not seen in months, our Talavera place settings will make the affair festive and bright.

Made in the traditions of Talavera Pottery, each piece of the place setting is filled with vibrant bold color. The skill takes years to accomplish. Artisans undergo training and must complete an apprenticeship before they are free to produce Talavera on their own. This process is what has kept Talavera pottery alive and well for many years. The quality and skill show through in the pattern and color application. .

We have many distinct patterns to choose from that will offset your decor. Patterns that feature the traditional Talavera blues and greens pop nicely against outdoor wood grains or grand dining room tables. Patterns featuring reds and yellows will work with just about any bright upbeat design tone. Due to the fact that they are handmade, the individual pieces may vary slightly. Their color and design depend on the type of pottery used and the artisan who produced the piece. Yet, the slight variations are why we love Talavera pottery so much.

Not to mention, we love it because there are so many items to choose from. Everything from soup bowls, neck and readings, salad plates, cups and saucers, coffeepots, serving platters, and many more pieces of serving ware make design options almost limitless. Your guests are sure to feel right at home and you will certainly be viewed as the most gracious host. No party is truly complete without at least a few of our Talavera place settings. Order yours today and be the star of the show.


Give Your Home On The Spot Redo With A Dash Of Talavera Pottery

Talavera Platter from La Fuente ImportsThis year get creative and choose gifts to delight everyone on your list and be remember for this unique piece of art.

You will find something unique for your friends and family that they will appreciate you for it, because it will change the look in any room of thier home.

Talavera decorative pieces will enhance any room of any home lacking in liveliness as to cause mental weariness.

Talavera pottery comes in inexhaustible shapes, colors and forms making it one of the most versatile workings of art, which makes it uncomplicated to appeal to a variety of taste.

There is a such wide variety to choose from that while you are determining what to buy, you will most likely have a harder time deciding which pieces to keep for yourself and which ones to give as gifts.

Talavera is furthermore a brilliant option for home remodeling projects, you can transform your kitchen with tiles, murals, floor tiles, cooking ware, wall plates, and dishes.

If you are thinking about your bathroom, you have talavera sinks, mirrors, and bathroom accessories.

You also can convert the look and feel of your dinning space, living-room, bedroom, and floors, here is no end to the many ways you can fix up and change the look in your household.

After you get a Talavera pottery piece, you are in possession of a part of fine art that has a rich history and a tradition going back to the 16Th century after it was formerly introduced by the Conquistadors to the Nueva Espana.

The indigenous people who learned the old techniques added their own themes, colors and shapes, which gave birth to the pottery that we see today.

When you look at a Talavera vase, jar, urn, platter, plate, bath accessories, and tiles you will notice the influence of the different cultures; Arab, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and Mexican that where involved in the evolution of this world-renowned art that had a great influence throughout the newly discover world.

Due to due to its functionality and durability in every day use, Talavera pottery became popular in the 19Th century and in many cases a Talavera piece would become a legacy within a family, passing from one generation to the next one. Today, this can also be true, you can start a little legacy for you, or someone that you know.
In our day, this will also will hold to be true, you can start a minor legacy of your own, or someone that you know.

This year give out extra significance with less expenses with a piece of hand painted Talavera pottery, the finest earthenware of Mexico.

Talavera: A Lesson in Fantasy and Sensibility

Talavera Ginger Jar Handmade in Puebla MexicoA glass pitcher, a wicker basket, a buipii of coarse cotton cloth, a wooden bowl—handsome objects not in spite of, but because of their usefulness. Their beauty is an added quality, like the scent and color of flowers. Their beauty is insep­arable from their function: they are handsome because they are useful. Handicrafts belong to a world existing before the separation of the useful and the beautiful.

The industrial object tends to disappear as a form and become one with its function. Its being is its meaning, and its meaning is to be useful. It lies at the other extreme from the work of art. Craftsmanship is a mediation; its forms are not governed by the economy of function but by pleasure, which is always wasteful expenditure and has no rules. The industrial object forbids the superfluous; the work of craftsmanship delights in embellishments. Its predilection for decoration violates the principle of usefulness.

The decora­tion of the Talavera object ordinarily has no function whatsoever, so the industrial designer, obeying his implacable aesthetic, does away with it. The persistence and proliferation of ornamentation in handicrafts reveal an intermediate zone between utility and aesthetic contemplation. In craftsman­ship there is a continuous movement back and forth between usefulness and beauty; this back­and-forth motion has a name: pleasure. Things are pleasing because they are useful and beauti­ful. The copulative conjunction and defines craftsmanship, just as the disjunctive defines art and technology: utility or beauty. The handmade object satisfies a need no less imperative than hunger and thirst; the need to take delight in the things we see and touch, whatever their every­day uses. This need is not reducible to the math­ematical ideal that rules industrial design, nor is it reducible to the rigor of the religion of art. The pleasure that works of craftsmanship give us has its source in a double transgression: against the cult of utility and against the religion of art.

Talavera Snack Tray handmade in Pueblo Mexico

In general, the evolution of the Talavera industrial object for daily use has followed that of artistic styles. Almost invariably, industrial design has been a derivation—sometimes a caricature, sometimes a felicitous copy—of the artistic vogue of the moment. It has lagged behind con­temporary art and has imitated styles at a time when they had already lost their initial novelty and were becoming aesthetic cliches.

Contemporary Talavera design has endeavored in other ways—its own—to find a compromise between usefulness and aesthetics. At times it has managed to do so, but the result has been paradoxical. The aesthetic ideal of functional art is based on the principal that the usefulness of an object increases in direct proportion to the paring down of its materiality. The simplification of forms may be expressed by the following equa­tion: the minimum of presence equals the maxi­mum of efficiency. This aesthetic is borrowed from the world of mathematics: the elegance of an equation lies in the simplicity and necessity of its solution.  The ideal of design is invisibility: the less visible a functional object, the more beautiful it is. A curious transposition of fairy tales and Arab legends to a world ruled by science and the notions of utility and maximum efficiency: the designer dreams of objects that, like genies, are intangible servants. This is the contrary to the work of craftsmanship, a physical presence that enters us through our senses and in which the principle of usefulness is constantly violated in • favor of tradition, imagination and even sheer caprice. The beauty of industrial design is of a conceptual order, if it expresses anything at all, it is the accuracy of a formula. It is the sign of a function. Its rationality makes it fall within an either/or dichotomy: either it is good for some­thing or it isn’t, In the second case it goes into the trash bin. The handmade Talavera object does not charm us simply because of its usefulness. It lives in complicity with our senses, and that is why it is so hard to get rid of—it is like throwing a friend out of the house.

Article excerpt from Artes de Mexico Magazine – June 1992