Talavera, Pottery & Jars

Talavera Pottery began in the town of Puebla in Mexico and was called "Talavera de la Reina" as it was made exclusively for the King and Queen of Spain. As time progressed it became available to the general public. One could say Talavera began from Spanish Majolica Tradition but with a mexican interpretation of color, form and size. The Mexican color pattern is much more brilliant using organic glazes available in the "New World". Talavera also was influenced by chinese ceramics and pottery which arrived via the Manila Galleon/Acapulco Trade Route in existence from 1585 to 1820.  Mexican Talavera also influenced Chinese pottery of the time with it's vibrant color design scheme. Although Talavera began as more of a decorative art it became more utilitarian as the centuries passed by, large jars with locking metal tops called "chocolateras" were used for storage of expensive condiments and spices in many households. Sets of dishes and serving platters in the Talavera tradition also became very popular. Beautifully glazed jars in Asia, most made in the port of Martavan were used as shipping containers which would be lashed to racks in the holds of merchant ships and containing everything from oil to grains to precious spices. 

The Peruvian version of Talavera, much more reminiscent of chinese influence, was transported to Acapulco and then onto Lima via the Manila Galleon/Acapulco Trade Route.