Behind the Design

Talavera Jars for Color & Beauty

July 29, 2013

If you are in love with vibrant color or simply want to add some beauty to your interior design, our collection of Talavera Jars and Vases are sure to do the trick. Every jar and vase is handmade of clay in the classic Talavera style by specialized artists outside of Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. Each Talavera design is painted by hand and is sure to make a wonderful addition to your home decor.

Using modern, high-temperature kilns each Talavera jar and vase has a strong and durable finish that resists chips and cracks. Talavera was introduced to Mexico by Spanish guild artisans of the Colonial period. Known as "majolica" in Spain, Mexican Talavera draws its name from the 16th century Spanish pottery center, Talavera de la Reina, where imagination and persistence led to enormous strides in the world's knowledge of fine ceramics. Thus, while the intricate polychrome and more typical blue and white designs portray their old world legacy, the indigenous floral and celestial motifs featured on our site claim the ceramics as classically Mexican.

Talavera pottery is known for brilliant colors set against a pristine white background. Typically, the vivid patterns are slightly raised, and the entire piece is smoothed over by a glossy sheen. Yellow, green and mauve were traditionally the most prolific colors used to decorate Talavera, although cobalt blue was the most desired. Due to the expensive mineral pigments required for its use, this regal color became a way to identify the finest quality of Talavera ceramics.

Today, Talavera patterns can be simple and bold or elaborate and highly detailed. Floral patterns are perhaps the most common, but when it comes to Mexican Talavera, creativity is limitless. Although some patterns might appear similar, hand-painted Talavera is never identical. This should be no cause for concern, however, as color and pattern themes almost always exist, and the individual character of each piece will only enhance your Talavera collection or home decor.

Browse La Fuente's variety of Authentic Talavera Jars and Vases today!

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