Jun 13, 2002, 6:49 PM
Post #9 of 17
Without going into tremendous detail, the craftsmen from Talavera de la Reina branched out in three directions after landing on Mexican chores. Some stopped at Puebla, some went on to Guanajuato, and others headed for Jalisco. In each place, limited by the range of materials available, distinct styles developed. Guanajuato, and most particularly Dolores Hidalgo, continues to produce work referred to as “Talavera.” But Guanajuato Talavera, while very good in its own right and marked by a completely different glazing technique, doesn’t come close to what is known as Puebla Talavera. <p>Mexican popular art is marked by evolution and synthesis, blending new methods and old techniques. IMHO, the standard bearer in Guanajuato is Gorky Gonzales (who was born in Morelia, not that that matters), who has rescued the traditional Mayolica and added his own touches. http://www.gorkypottery.com<p>Now, over toward Puebla is Tlaxcala, where a goodly number of potters produce a Talavera-type product which, even though less costly, has a number of aficionados. In Puebla, to maintain the integrity of the product, about fourteen certified Talavera workshops have developed. When one speaks of the “real” Talavera, it’s Puebla.