Last Chance! SAVE $40 on Geno 2.0! Now only $159.95.    View Details >
  1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content

Talavera Salsera Serving Set

$99.00

Price: $99.00

Item#:1073936

Qty: Order now, will ship on 10/10/14





You May Also Like

Fusing Moorish tradition with Spanish techniques and indigenous Mexican talent, the Castillo family of Guanajuato, Mexico, crafts these molded ceramics. Each piece is first painted white, giving the artisans a blank canvas to spice with vibrant, one-of-a-kind floral designs rendered in lead-free glazes.

Seven pieces. 12" diameter. Hand-wash.

About Talavera Pottery

With roots in Andalusian Spain, the Mexican ceramic technique of talavera is the major craft of the state of Puebla. Earthenware pottery is covered with a white tin glaze, which is then decorated with pigments before the white glaze is fired. Since the tin glaze is highly viscous, it lends a glossy surface and helps the lines of the colored design remain crisp during firing.


The technique is a true cross-cultural craft evolution. In the 13th century, Arab potters brought tin glazing ceramic techniques from North Africa to southern Spain. The pottery was given the name maiolica by Italians who imported it from the Spanish island of Majorca. During the conquest, Spanish priests brought craftsmen from Talavera de la Reina, Spain, to the Puebla region of Mexico, where they taught the native craftsmen their Arab-Andalusian ceramic techniques. These early pieces, tiles and religious icons, decorated Catholic churches throughout the area. Over the years, Mexican craftsmen combined these new ideas with their existing earthenware traditions and developed a homegrown version that is now known by the Spanish name talavera.


Is it "Real" Talavera?
Just as true champagne can only be made in the Champagne region of northeast France, only talavera produced in the Mexican state of Puebla can be certified as authentic by the Talavera Regulating Council. The talavera-style pottery we sell at National Geographic is not certified authentic, for a variety of reasons. Pursuing certification can be an expensive process, and some of the small studios we work with, even if they are located in Puebla, choose not to incur that cost. But most importantly for us, authentic talavera must be produced according to the original methods from the 1600s—this includes the use of lead-based glazes. We prefer to err on the side of safety and only sell talavera-style items that meet or exceed FDA regulations for acceptable lead content.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Talavera Salsera Serving Set
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Festive (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Parties (5)
    • Gift (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Midrange shopper (4)

    Reviewed by 6 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-6

    Back to top

     
    3.0

    Great concept

    By jens

    from Philadelphia

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Classic

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Parties

      Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

      The pieces did not fit well. There was gaps when I set it into the plate. I bought 2 one as a a gift. Then I regretted that the inner bowls did not fit well next to each other. Looks misaligned. Overall, it's a good piece of work but upset it did not meet the price I paid

       
      5.0

      Absolutely beautiful & multi-functional!

      By L.A.

      from Hackensack, NJ

      About Me High-end shopper

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Classic
      • Durable
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Store
      • Festive
      • Fits Theme
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Decoration
        • Gift
        • Just For Fun
        • Parties

        Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

        I'm ordering this set for the 4th time today. It is stunning and the 3 people I bought it for all absolutely loved it. I wish I could buy one for myself, but friends and family always come first... If you are looking for the perfect gift that is unique, beautifully made, positively gorgeous, multi-functional and guaranteed to bring a smile to your favorite someones, then this is it. The best part is that this is the serving set that people will use when entertaining, which means they'll remember you on those happy occasions. I wish National Geographic had more such useful items from this seller!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Gift

        By jetsam

        from Cape Cod

        About Me Midrange shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Festive
        • Practical
        • Unusual

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • For Special Holiday Treat
          • Gift
          • Parties

          Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

          This made a great gift for a special friend.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Talavera Serving Set - Beautiful!

          By Alice

          from Concord NC

          About Me Midrange shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Durable
          • Easy To Store
          • Festive
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

              This set is beautifully crafted and it immediately feels like a party when I bring it out! It's perfect for setting out veggies for dipping or laying out pickles, olives, cheese and crackers. We also make a wide variety of cream cheese based "roll-ups" with tortillas and put those out with salsa in the middle. The set is very versatile, durable and easy to clean.

              I love ours, and we just gave one as a wedding gift.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Colorful and Festive

              By Vermonter

              from Burlington, Vermont

              About Me Midrange shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Festive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Just For Fun
                • Parties

                Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

                This was bought as a Christmas gift for my husband. We've enjoyed using it numerous times since then. We love the colors! It helps to warm those cold, winter nights in Vermont.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Looks great on table

                By peterlight

                from Gatineau, Qc, Canada

                About Me Midrange shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Festive
                • Fits Theme

                Cons

                • Delicate

                Best Uses

                • Decoration
                • Parties

                Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

                Beautifully painted, all trays come off platter for easy serving, fit together well. Might chip if clunked together ( hasn't happened yet, just have to be careful )

                Displaying reviews 1-6

                Back to top

                Other Products Related to Talavera Salsera Serving Set

                Talavera-style Mugs - Set of 2
                Talavera-style Mugs - Set of 2
                (Got it? Rate it.)
                Category: Home & Garden/Kitchen & Dining/Drinkware

                Talavera pottery originated in the Arab-Andalusia culture of Talavera de la Reina, Spain, where it was known as majolica. When Spanish monks came to Mexico in the 16th century, they wanted to decorate their monasteries and churches with tiles like they had back home. But although pre-Hispanic Mexican cultures had a long history of working in ceramic, they didn’t use a potter’s wheel or glaze. The monks brought specialized artisans to the Mexican state of Puebla to train them in the majolica style. Mexican artisans fused their knowledge of ceramic techniques and local materials with their own interpretation of majolica, creating the distinctive patterns and colors that have come to be known as talavera pottery.


                $39.00
                National Geographic Mask and Snorkel Set
                National Geographic Mask and Snorkel Set
                (Based on 1 review)
                Category: Gear & Gadgets/Outdoor Gear

                This is the perfect mask and snorkel set for beginning snorkelers or those with any level of experience who are looking for high quality in a packable, travel-ready set. These are no swimming-pool-only components—the quality is equal or greater to what you'll find at dive shops.


                Available colors: Black, Blue
                $36.95
                $21.99
                Handcrafted Talavera Appetizer Plate
                Handcrafted Talavera Appetizer Plate
                (Got it? Rate it.)
                Category: Home & Garden/Home Décor/Home Accents

                This distinctive talavera-style appetizer platter is the perfect way to serve your special elote or nachos con carne molida. Each platter takes several weeks to craft and requires two separate firings. After the first 999° Celsius firing, the partially finished piece is called jahuete. After glazing, it's fired again at an even higher temperature in order to complete the piece. Each piece is hand painted and signed by the artisan, Pedro Alba.


                $38.00
                Lake Atitlan Tea Set
                Lake Atitlan Tea Set
                (Got it? Rate it.)
                Category: Home & Garden/Kitchen & Dining/Drinkware

                Archaeologists have found Maya terracotta vessels and sculptures dating as far back as the 6th century, including the famed Jaina Island figurines. Artisan Roberto Perez draws on that ancient tradition when creating pieces like this terracotta tea set in his studio near Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán.


                $98.00
                Terra-cotta Chinese Warriors - Set of 4
                Terra-cotta Chinese Warriors - Set of 4
                (Based on 29 reviews)
                Category: Home & Garden/Historic Collectibles

                In 1974, the vast burial chamber of third-century Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang was discovered by farmers in the north-central Shaanxi Province. It contained more than 7,000 life-size terra-cotta warriors. This set of four handcrafted miniature terra-cotta models of classic poses general, soldier, and archer arrives in a black silk gift box. The National Geographic Museum is sponsoring an exhibition of Qin warriors and other burial artifacts in fall 2009.


                $39.00
                National Geographic ''My Town'' Map Coasters - Set of 4
                National Geographic ''My Town'' Map Coasters - Set of 4
                (Based on 12 reviews)
                Category: Home & Garden/Kitchen & Dining/Coasters

                Using seamless USGS topographic data, we're able to create home decor featuring maps of your most meaningful places. Provide any U.S. address and artisans in New England will create a coaster set on cork-backed, rustic tumbled marble-that reproduces a map of your location.


                $55.00
                Miniature Egyptian Glass Perfume Bottle Set
                Miniature Egyptian Glass Perfume Bottle Set
                (Based on 10 reviews)
                Category: Home Décor/Home Accents
                Egyptians are believed to be the first to incorporate fragrances and perfume into their cultural rituals, and intricate perfume bottles have been discovered within the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. Our beautiful examples are hand-blown and shaped in Egypt using a technique that has been in use since the 13th century. Each is a unique creation accented with 24k gold, painted in delicate translucent colors, and finally topped with a sculpted leaf-shaped stopper. Fill them with perfumes or scented oils. No two are alike. Set of five.
                $39.00
                $14.99
                Florentine Chess Set
                Florentine Chess Set
                (Got it? Rate it.)
                Category: Home & Garden/Home Décor/Home Accents

                One of the earliest mentions of chess in Italy is the story of an 11th-century Florentine clergyman who was reprimanded for staying up late playing the game in a “house of entertainment.” Today, chess sets are among the many crafts for which Florentine artisans are known. This set features hand-carved wooden pieces and a faux-leather board. Reverses to a backgammon board with resin pieces.


                $199.00
                $55.99
                Songbirds Choir, Five-Bird Set
                Songbirds Choir, Five-Bird Set
                (Based on 10 reviews)
                Category: Home & Garden/Home Décor/Home Accents
                Inside each plush figure, a microchip plays the authentic sound of its species as recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Fun for children and adults alike; everyone can learn the sounds and then use their ears to find these birds in their own backyard. Set of Five conatins: Eastern Bluebird, Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Cardinal, and Robin.
                $39.95
                Mysteries of the Deep: Legendary Shipwrecks DVD Set
                Mysteries of the Deep: Legendary Shipwrecks DVD Set
                (Got it? Rate it.)
                Category: DVDs/Adventure and Exploration
                Discover the astonishing real-life stories behind the world's most famous underwater mysteries in three extraordinary National Geographic presentations.


                $49.95
                Great Migrations 3-DVD Set
                Great Migrations 3-DVD Set
                (Based on 16 reviews)
                Category: DVDs/Animals and Nature/Animals and Wildlife

                National Geographic Channel’s groundbreaking series Great Migrations explores the massive movement of animal populations around the planet. The project chronicles these inspirational, often harrowing journeys that are marked by unforgiving odds, and what it means to move like your life depends on it. Wildebeests, zebras, red crabs, Mali elephants, walruses, monarch butterflies, jellyfish, and whale sharks will all be on display, and the production crew traveled some 420,000 miles, filming hundreds of stories in more than 20 countries. Using new science and technology, the series reveals how animals make death-defying journeys to survive. Great Migrations is the largest undertaking of its kind in the National Geographic Society’s 120-year history. The seven-hour miniseries premieres globally in fall 2010. National Geographic’s net proceeds support vital exploration, conservation, research, and education.


                $39.95
                $2.99
                Great Migrations 2-Blu-Ray Disc Set
                Great Migrations 2-Blu-Ray Disc Set
                (Based on 2 reviews)
                Category: DVDs/Animals and Nature/Animals and Wildlife

                National Geographic Channel’s groundbreaking series Great Migrations explores the massive movement of animal populations around the planet. The project chronicles these inspirational, often harrowing journeys that are marked by unforgiving odds, and what it means to move like your life depends on it. Wildebeests, zebras, red crabs, Mali elephants, walruses, monarch butterflies, jellyfish, and whale sharks will all be on display, and the production crew traveled some 420,000 miles, filming hundreds of stories in more than 20 countries. Using new science and technology, the series reveals how animals make death-defying journeys to survive. Great Migrations is the largest undertaking of its kind in the National Geographic Society’s 120-year history. The seven-hour miniseries premieres globally in fall 2010. National Geographic’s net proceeds support vital exploration, conservation, research, and education.


                $49.95
                $6.99