Of all the differnt types of pottery made in Mexico, Talavera is the most recognized because of the bright colors. Authentic Talavera is only made in Puebla and the nearby communities of Atlixco, Cholula and Tecali because of the natural clay found there. Between 1550 and 1570 the pottery process was brought to Mexico by Spanish Friars from Talavera La Reina, Spain, thus the Talavera name. Today the process is regulated by the Consejo Regulador de la Talavera. Only nine workshops have been certified to carry the Talavera name.
More information on the process can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talavera (pottery).
Green glazed pottery is less recognized, but beautiful. This pottery originates in the Mexico town of Santa Maria Atzompa and is mainly a jade green color. Traditionaly this pottery has had a lead glaze, but this is changing with the introduction of non-lead glaze mainly due to the efforts of potter Dolores Porra. She has also introduced other colors to this type of pottery.
More information can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_glazed_pottery_of_Atzompa
Black pottery or Barro negro Pottery (black mud) is a process passed down from generation to generation and created completely by hand. This style of pottery is from Oaxaca, Mexico. In the 1950's a potter named Dona Rosa devised a way to polish the pottery to put a black metallic like sheen on it. This pottery process is also used for sculptures by an artist named Carlomagno Pedro Martinez which have been exhibited in a number of countries.
More information can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_clay
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