Apr 4, 2011, 7:06 AM
Post #10 of 10
You are absolutely correct about 10cm x 10cm being the standard and to be sure this converts to 3.937" x 3.937". Depending on width of grout line, the use of 4" x 4" for covered surface area may be fairly accurate.
Clay goods made in Puebla can be designated as "Talavera" but not all made in the Puebla area are Talavera. When the Mexican Government established the Consejo Regulador de Talavera back in the late '90's it provided for certain restrictions and performance standards in order to use the designation. At any given time, there are generally less than 20 workshops in the Puebla area producing so-called authentic Talavera. In my estimation, the "Puebla style" tends to be more intricate and traditional but you will often pay dearly for the Talavera and artist's designations on products. The Dolores Hidalgo area does produce "Talavera style" products albeit without the official designation. With over 1000 kilns operating in the area, it is only natural that much of the so-called Talavera products seen both SOB and NOB come from Dolores Hidalgo at generally more reasonable prices. The styling tends to be more universal and less traditional as a general rule and without regulation and certification, there are varying qualities being produced.
I stand corrected about the "art tiles" being produced in Tonala as we had never noticed them. The products that we import from Tonala tend to be the product categories which Tonala is known for.