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Talavera Salsera Serving Set

$99.00

Price: $99.00

Item#:1073936

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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.


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Talavera Salsera Serving Set
 
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    5.0

    Serving Set

    By Jim

    from Kingsport, Tennessee

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        Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

        The set arrived with a piece broken and Nat Geo promptly replaced the set, but smaller pieces are poorly wrapped. Otherwise the set is colorful and welcome

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great concept

        By jens

        from Philadelphia

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          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

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          • Classic
          • Durable
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            • 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

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              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

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                  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

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                    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

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                    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 )

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