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Reflections of Artisan Color: Vivid History

July 14, 2017

Reflections of Artisan Color:  Vivid History

From our new collection:  the stunning Amapola Large Serving Platter, 13.75" of hand-crafted beauty.  Visit the full collection here.


Pottery Artisans Color Palette Reflect Their World

When the Rustica team was in Mexico, we were struck how everyday life was reflected in the color palette of its pottery and craftwork.

It there is one thing that is abundantly evident when you view these Mexican pottery, pieces it is the detail and vivid color that emerges.

San Miguel De Allende, a UNESCO City

We stayed for a few days in San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO heritage site located in what is often referred to as "Colonial Mexico" in the northern regions of the country. This is where our amazing photographer Teri Briggs captured this door, among many of our other stunning pictures.

Beautiful, rustic and hewn from wood and rock, there was color and a ruggedly pleasing aesthetic that was simply part of everyday life.

Seeing the architecture, color choices and everyday patterns of the familias living throughout the region, I had a much better understanding of how native Mexican artisans took the Talavera de la Reyna style of pottery and tile making the Spaniards brought with them in the 15th century, and turned into a unique still that was beautifully their own.

Authentic Mexican Pottery:  Our Amapola Collection

Amapola means "poppy" in Spanish, and our latest addition to our gallery is not only a vivid example of this flower, it captures the beauty of Mexico's "everyday" color palette.

Our large platter, shown here, is a beautiful 13" in diameter, and is as stunning a showpiece on the dining room table as it is displayed on a wall.

You can see it here.

Like all of our pieces, it is created by an award-winning family-owned studio, using only indigenous materials, hand-created paints and glazes, and is painted using techniques passed down through generations.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and of course dishwasher and microwave safe.


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