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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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf.
While there is no end to the personality of a well-heeled table, there is something to be said for the elegant simplicity of the under-stated table.
New Year Reflections: Loved Ones Around the Table
Take this day, this month and the new year to reflect with gratitude on the blessings small and large which have come your way. For so many that are in loss, may peace be upon you as you move forward with memories and love. Some of our loved ones get to be around our table this year, and some reside in our hearts.
Fall is approaching. There's a tinge in the morning air and the leaves will be arrayed in vibrant color soon. All of this seasonal change calls for delicious comfort food and equally delectable artisan handcrafted dinnerware.