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Talavera Salsera Serving Set

$99.00 Sale Price:   $59.99

Price: $99.00 Sale Price:   $59.99

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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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    5.0

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      Comments about Talavera Salsera Serving Set:

      This made a great gift for a special friend.

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      Talavera Serving Set - Beautiful!

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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.

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          Colorful and Festive

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            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.

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            Looks great on table

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            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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