Talavera

Where does the Name Come From?

Talavera de la Reina is a city and municipality in the western part of the province of Toledo, which in turn is part of the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha, Spain

The city is internationally known for its ceramics, which Philip II of Spain used as tiled revetments in many of his works, such as the monastery of El Escorial. The nickname of Talavera de la Reina is ‘The City of Pottery’ (La Ciudad de la Cerámica, in Spanish). Mexico’s famous Talavera pottery was named after the city.talavera de la reina

There are different styles of Talavera de la Reina Pottery:

Baroque
Renaissance
Bird collections
House collections
Religious collections
Hunting scenes

Workshops in the town keep up the tradition creating fine pieces. Famous Talavera de la Reina ceramics makers include Ruiz de Luna and Emilio Niveiro.

In the 16th century, the Talavera tradition was brought to Mexico. Today, a certification process from the Mexican government states that authentic Talavera pottery only comes from the city of Puebla and the communities of Atlixco, Cholula and Tecali, as the clays needed and the history of this craft are both centered there. All pieces are hand-thrown on a potter’s wheel and the glazes contain tin and lead, as they have since colonial times. This glaze must craze, be slightly porous and milky-white, but not pure white. There are only six permitted colors: blue, yellow, black, green, orange and mauve, and these colors must be made from natural pigments. The painted designs have a blurred appearance as they fuse slightly into the glaze. The base, the part that touches the table, is not glazed but exposes the terra cotta underneath. An inscription is required on the bottom that contains the following information: the logo of the manufacturer, the initials of the artist and the location of the manufacturer in Puebla.

Latin Accents, because of concerns over lead content, the desire of the public for more vibrant colors, and the superior durability of modern glazes and bodies, combines the painting talents of artists in Puebla with these modern materials to create a new variation on the centuries old Talavera tradition.