Talavera de la Reina pottery
Talavera de la Reina pottery is a craft made in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo (Spain). Dishes, jars and other objects have been found in recent archaeological excavations; some of the materials discovered date back to the Roman Empire.
Arabs brought to the city new techniques, including a new kind of oven for baking pottery. During that era, many of the pieces included abstract motifs as prescribed by Muslim religious restrictions. In the fifteenth century, Jan Floris brought new styles from Holland. He founded a factory which started the world famous pottery tradition of the city.
Ceramics of Talavera have been used to make fountains; examples exist in Cuba and Brazil. Tiles for buildings have been made; some are in New Orleans, Tokyo and Paris. Its presence in Royal Palaces and Museums all over the world testify to its quality.
There are different styles of Talavera de la Reina Pottery:
- Bird collections
- House collections
- Religious collections
- Hunting scenes
Workshops in the town keep up the tradition creating fine pieces. Famous Talavera de la Reina ceramics makers include Ruiz de Luna and Emilio Niveiro.
- Natacha Seseña: Cacharrería popular. La alfarería de basto en España; 1997, Alianza Editorial. ISBN 84-206-4255-X; p. 238.
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