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Happy Cinco de Mayo: Talavera Ware + Tile

Written on:May 5, 2011
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If Cinco de Mayo for you is all about margaritas (I like mine on the rocks with salt) and guacamole galore, jump to the end of my post. As I tend to be one of those geeky types who wants to dig deep on topics, researching this post got me thinking about traditional Mexican artisans. So, because Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s triumph at the Battle of Puebla, here’s at look at the #1 craft associated with the city and state of Puebla: talavera ceramics.

HGTV - Design Happens - Cinco de Mayo - Talavera - Puebla, Mexicoflickr: photoholics – Talavera in Puebla, Mexico

This article by Rita Pomade from Mexconnect offers the best overview of this 400-year-old craft. My top takeaway — the Consejo Regulador de la Talavera is the official group that monitors the authenticity of talavera. So, if you truly want to collect this pottery, only buy from certified workshops. All the images I selected for this post feature pieces by these approved artisans. Some have online stores, others you’ll have to travel to Puebla to purchase. And what better time to travel there than for Cinco de Mayo.

HGTV - Design Happens - Cinco de Mayo - Talavera - Puebla, MexicoTalavera Santa Catarina

HGTV - Design Happens - Cinco de Mayo - Talavera - Puebla, Mexicoflickr: aliciamoyas – Talavera Cesar Torres

HGTV - Design Happens - Cinco de Mayo - Talavera - Puebla, MexicoTalavera de las Americas

HGTV - Design Happens - Cinco de Mayo - Talavera - Puebla, MexicoTalavera Santa Catarina partner IDI Talavera Collection

HGTV - Design Happens - Cinco de Mayo - Talavera - Puebla, MexicoUriarte Talavera

By the way, if you’re looking to plan a muy bueno feast for your May 5th celebration, our sister site FoodNetwork.com has got you covered.

¡Cinco feliz de Mayonesa!

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