Originating in Spain, Maiolica, or Talavera pottery, came to be produced in the Valley of Mexico as early as 1540. Today, production of this ceramic has become highly developed in Puebla, Mexico due to the availability of fine natural clays and the rich tradition of production that dates back to the 16th century. Referred to as Talavera Poblana, this distinct work is influenced by Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Chinese and Mexican motifs.
With the organization Arte Ventosa, Isabelle Collins crafts beautiful Talavera Poblana, honoring its deep traditions by using the same techniques and styles that were used in 16th century Puebla. Arte Ventosa follows the vision of Enrique Luis Ventosa Fina of Puebla, established in 1917. Having obtained his art education in Paris, Ventosa came to Puebla from Barcelona, Spain in 1898, and quickly commenced to elevate the modern standard of the clay art by reviving many of the old designs. He made a thorough study of the ancient Maiolica of Mexico, and his knowledge of the old Spanish wares enabled him to combine the Mexican and Spanish methods in his productions.
From carefully mixed clays to handcrafted natural glazes and brushes, Isabelle’s Talavera preserves traditional techniques, with a dedication to upholding this ancient craft. Taking inspiration from historic design elements and modern murals and tiles in her hometown of Puebla, Isabelle’s passion and talent is clearly evident in each gorgeous handmade piece, which can take up to three months to complete. Learn more about the current designer, Isabelle Collins.
In the Artes de Mexico pattern, climbing vines in green, brown and cobalt blue reflect the Moorish influence brought from Spain to colonial Mexico.
In the Serpiente pattern, winding twists of cobalt blue vines and flowers are a nod to an ancient Ming dynasty ceramics on display at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City.
- Approximately 6” x 6" x 1"
- Recommended hand wash only
- Hand-crafted in Mexico
- Color, size and design may vary slightly