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.
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.
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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If you've had a chance to look at the extraordinary artisan-created Mexican pottery we showcase here at Rustica Gift, you may wonder why we make the distinction between Talavera pottery and its close, cousin, Majolica?
Are we trying to make life difficult for ourselves, as we already have committed ourselves to only the finest quality Talavera (no offense to the colorful and inexpensive Talavera planters, frogs, cats and other fun tourist and patio ware you can readily find). Is it just another fussy distinction in a world in which distinctions don't matter?
While shopping for beautiful things for no other reason than, well...shopping for beautiful things, here at Rustica Gift & Pottery, we'd like to offer you more.
We start by beautiful things for your enjoyment, but we also offer plenty of beautiful reasons to shop our gallery collection of Mexico's finest Talavera pottery, Majolica ceramics, Mexican pewter and alpaca silver.
Deep cobalt blue and golden sand; the colors of nature, and the hues found in our authentic Talavera pottery collection from Santa Rosa Majolica. Colors as bold and vivid as the tints found in this collection bringth warmth and focus to cool, contemporary homes, and rustic charm to the most vibrant design theme.