The Gentle Season
It has been a hard winter, hasn't it? And yes, it's still with us, but - we've all seen those small, umistakable signs that the cold is receding, and warmer, gentler times are ahead.
And, while I'm talking about the weather, I'm talking about something more, too. I'm talking about us. Harsh weather can be hard on the soul; it can make us a little more introspective, a little less likely to smile, maybe a tad to quick to rush to judgment.
It's understandable. For every moment in which I've savored a hot cup of coffee snuggled up in my favorite sweater, I've had a crankier version of me that's been less than patient in the grocery checkout, or when there's yet another muddy footprint in the hall.
That's when I turn to those lovely signs of Spring's arrival to cheer me up. I'll grab a pastel or bright color from the closet (anything but grey and black!), make a salad chock full of vibrant veggies, or read about a tropical get-away. My body may still be here in Winter, but no reason my mind can't escape to a balmier locale.
I also find our wonderful family of artisan handcraft fans turn to our Mayolica collection (OK, the world knows it as "Majolica," but in the colonial regions of Mexico where our artisans make these pieces by hand, "Mayolica" reigns supreme. Who am I to argue with such maestros?).
Our Majolica/Mayolica is created with a loving focus on flowers, birds, butterflies; all the welcoming, beautiful signs of Spring that we all need. The colors are vibrant, yet soft and almost Renaissance-like.
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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.