skilled worker preparing lid of pot which has received first glaze Uriarte Talavera factory Pueblo Mexico

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Talavera Pottery Talavera pottery of Puebla, Mexico is a type of majolica pottery, which is distinguished by a milky-white glaze. Authentic Talavera pottery only comes from the city of Puebla and nearby communities because of the quality of the natural clay found there and the tradition of production which goes back to the 16th century. Majolica pottery was brought to Mexico by the Spanish in the first century of the colonial period. Production of this ceramic became highly developed in Puebla because of the availability of fine clays and the demand for tiles from the newly established churches and monasteries in the area. The industry had grown sufficiently that by the mid-17th century, standards and guilds had been established which further improved the quality, leading Puebla into what is called the "golden age" of Talavera pottery (from 1650 to 1750.The tradition has struggled since the Mexican War of Independence in the early 19th century, during which the number of workshops were less than eight in the state of Puebla. Later efforts by artists and collectors revived the craft somewhat in the early 20th century. Further efforts to preserve and promote the craft have occurred in the late 20th century, with the introduction of new, decorative designs and the passage of the Denominación de Origen de la Talavera law to protect authentic, Talavera pieces made with the original, 16th century methods. The oldest certified, continuously operating workshop in Mexico is the Uriarte Talavera factory. It was founded in 1824 by Dimas Uriarte, and specializes in traditional colonial-era designs.
Location: Centro Historico, historic center district, Puebla, Puebla State, Mexico