Quality pottery is judged by the care and sensitivity taken by the artists through the process of throwing, coiling and firing; and of gently shaping and hand-painting the finished designs to allow each piece to be individually personalized. It is with such care that Talavera potteries are still being made.
To see the process and watch master potters at work, visit Talavera Santa Catarina, a ceramics center known for its excellence in preserving traditional methods and designs originally introduced by the Spanish, as well as creating innovative, modern ceramics inspired by contemporary trends. Today the family artists at Talavera Santa Catarina have incorporated contemporary designs into their work. Tiles painted in traditional patterns are broken up to create a mosaic of photographs and bespoke orders of ceramic figurines portraying a special occasion make unique collectable items.
Talavera de la Luz is an equally impressive center for the famed pottery in Puebla City. Dedicated to traditional Talavera production process, the workshop is one of the few that have obtained International Denomination of Origin certificate, recognising the workshop’s association with this important Puebla heritage. One of the specialties of Talavera de la Luz is ceramics for architecture, the making of bespoke, elaborately designed murals and wall plaques that have decorated houses of lovers of exotic designs and unique ceramics collections.
Photos courtesy of Talavera de la Luz.