Artisans creating Talavera

Our very kind and generous partner "Tobias Huerta" made all of our beautiful Talavera. I was extremely lucky to have spent many hours in his home and workshop where he and his team took me through the Talavera making process.

 

Talavera is an absolute art form and takes many years to perfect. Talavera is expensive for a reason and that is because of the enormity of the task from start to completion. Every step on each piece is completed by hand and the paint work and detail is incredible!

We hope by showing you how our Talavera is made that you will grow an even more appreciation for Talavera or maybe this is the first time you have heard of Talavera and this gives you an understanding of what Talavera is all about.


We are eternally grateful Tobias for your time and efforts in teaching us about your art form, Muchas Gracias Amigo!

1. Clay is delivered to the Tobias Huerta workshop the clay is

removed from the bags.


2. The clay is then left alfresco in order for it to dry which also

helps to reduce any lumps.


3. Clay is rehydrated and stired to aquire a smooth and even consistency.


4. The clay is then sieved to eliminate lumps and to remove impurities.

Brick containers are used with the purpose of water absorption.



5. Matured and moisture free clay is shown.


6. The clay is kneaded in order to get the proper consistency to mould.


7. The pottery is then shaped by a talented artisan, only by hand

on a pottery wheel.

 

8. The pottery is then placed in a room to allow it to dry.

This step could take up to a few weeks.

 

9. It is then placed in the oven for it's first firing.

 

 

10. The item before and after the firing.

The difference between a piece that has not been to the oven (gray colour)

and one after the high temperature process (orange colour).

This last state is called “hahuete” in the local dialect.


 

11. Once the items have completed their first firing, they are glazed.

The artisan glazes the item very carefully.

 

 

12. Once the item is glazed, it is ready for the artisan to place on the design.

This takes a lot of skill and there is little room for any errors at this point.


 

13. When the design outline is dry, the artisan then fills in the design

with colour, this can takes a tremendous amount of time and

all care must be taken!

 

14. This photo shows one of the artisans working carefully on a set of Tiles.

Gender is not a limit to creativity or skill!

 

15. Once the design and painting has been completed, it goes in to have the

second and final firing, this sets the glazing and paint work.

16. The final product. This is an example of a beautiful dinnerset.

The hours that went into this dinnerset would be tremendous!

A few pictures of the gorgeous shop that first inspired us to become partners with Tobias.

Not only were his products fantastic, his customer service was impeccable! Gracias Tobias!