Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Talavera Pottery and Tiles

We learned in Puebla that Talavera is a type of pottery that only comes from the city of Puebla and a few nearby towns including Chalula because of the quality of the natural clay found there. The Spaniards brought the pottery making knowledge from the city of Talavera to Mexico in the 1500's and the industry has been going since then. 
Over the centuries, people have used tiles to decorate their walls.

They have prepared and served food in pottery from the 1500's to the present time.
They have Talavera factories and schools and shops.

Talavera tends to be a bit pricey.

One place we ate was at the Fonda de San Augustine where Talavera tiles lined the kitchen area.  We learned that "fonda" means small restaurant.

Along with the pottery, Puebla is famous for its molĂ© or spiced chocolate sauce.  
We also ate at the Fonda de Santa Clara where Telavera pottery plates were 
at the table and the food plates were placed on top of them.

Tiles line the walls and are on the tables in this not-so-great photo.

This particular design on the plate was made for this particular fonda.


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