We are proud to source our beautiful Talavera Collection from the historical Dolores Hidalgo in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.
The city is well known for its Talavera pottery which has been produced there since the 18th century. It is also the cradle of Mexican independence and homeland of Padre Miguel Hidalgo. He introduced the people of Dolores to earthenware which began an era of pottery in the land. Now, for those of you who do not know, Miguel Hidalgo spearheaded the end of Spanish colonial rule in Mexico, so he was kind of a big deal. Today, the Talavera pottery industry is still thriving and employs more than half of the city’s workers.
The rivers that wind through the landscape around Dolores Hidalgo create some of the finest and cleanest clays in Mexico. An immense amount of Talavera pottery and tiles are produced in the region. These pieces are highly sought after for their premium quality and have been sold in Mexico and around the world for centuries.
The artisans in Dolores Hidalgo take great pride in staying true to their age-old production techniques. Pieces are still shaped and painted entirely by hand and there is enormous value in that commitment. The artisan’s attention to detail and creativity consistently result in trend-setting pieces that showcase the classic Mexican motifs.
Our Talavera collection comes from artisans who have been creating stunning earthenware for many years. Their organization has proudly been working independently for the past 17 years. They also partner with an extended group of artisans bringing their team of makers up to 30. All these talented individuals work together under one roof in their 1400 square meter workshop.
They make ceramic products, entirely crafted and decorated by hand. They use only the purest materials, and this translates into high quality finished products. Everything is lead free, and all dishware is designed and intended for food consumption.
Each piece is crafted using techniques that have been passed down through generations. Over time they have improved and perfected these practices, while never neglecting the artisanal way. These traditional methods of production are a part of their culture, a part of their identity, and thus will always be maintained. These artisans are not just craftsmen by trade, they are craftsmen by tradition. Their Talavera is not only made with their hands, but with their hearts. ♥
We also have a video that explains in detail the production process of Talavera, make sure to check it out here!