Summer is winding down in Minnesota, but if you aren’t quite ready to let it go (or you live in a warm weather climate all year-long–lucky you) take a look at this handmade Mexican folk art from the town of Delores Hidalgo. These cheerful Mexican crafts are made individually the old-fashioned way. Yes, on a wheel and then glazed and fired. They are safe for eating (no lead) and can go into the microwave and dishwasher. These somewhat low fired ceramics can chip so it’s a good idea to treat them with respect. (No juggling.)
Almost every region of Mexico makes objects out of clay. In the state of Guanajuato, Delores Hidalgo is known for making “talavera.” There are hundreds of shops selling a wide range of ceramics in varying levels of quality. Talavera is a style of ceramic work that was brought to Mexico by the Spaniards after the conquest in the 1500’s. The other city that is perhaps even more well-known for talavera and is home to many masters of the craft, is Puebla in the state of Puebla. Puebla is home to one of the best, Uriarte. The styles of the talavera in the two cities are somewhat different with Puebla being even more Spanish in tradition. Another offshoot of these functional Mexican crafts is “majolica” and that can be found principally in the city of Guanajuato. Gorky Gonzalez is one of the famous potters of Guanajuato and many people recognize the Gorky style immediately. Another well-known majolica artisan in the city of Guanajuato is Capelo.
Mexican talavera pottery comes from several regions. One of the places I like to go is the State of Guanajuato to look for interesting, less common patterns. I especially like the red in these ceramics–it’s a little more uncommon than the usual blue, terracotta, yellow and white. They make a statement whenever you want to serve something with a little color. And all of these ceramics are food safe.
The top photo is a nicer quality of ceramic than the bottom photo but aren’t they pretty?
Ok, I’ve been busy for the last few days moving the skeletons out of the shop and the talavera and early holiday stuff in. Here are a few shots of some of the blue talavera and some of the red and green holiday talavera. These lovely pieces come from Delores Hidalgo, Mexico.
What is Talavera, you ask? Talavera is a type of majolica pottery that is made in several places in Mexico including Puebla, Delores Hidalgo and Guanajuato. The name “talavera” comes from the Spanish city, Talavera de la Reina, from where the traditional process of majolica production was brought to Mexico after the Spanish conquest in 1525. Artisans continue the traditional process to this very day!
These pieces are all food safe and can be washed in the dishwasher and used in the microwave.
Add a little zip to your holidays with some color and life from Mexico! And let me know if you have any questions…
Join us Friday, September 23, 2011 from 11-6 for a one day only sale to make room for the new holiday ceramics! All Mexican ceramics and glassware, including functional and decorative clay pieces will be 25% off. Stop in at GUILD, 4414 Excelsior Blvd in St. Louis Park tomorrow BUT if you can’t make it, call us at 952-378-1815 and pay with a credit card!
We currently don’t sell our ceramics on line. Do you think we should?