"Each of our creations is handmade with great dedication, beginning with the preparation of our local clay to the impassioned hands of our family and the artisans who assist us."
The Castillo Family's artistry has been featured in periodicals ranging from Sunset magazine to The Cincinnati Inquirer.
The Castillo Family has many years of experience handcrafting Talavera-style ceramics in Guanajuato, Mexico. Their workshop seeks to rescue this traditional, world-renowned ceramic style. Although true Talavera ceramics are made only in the city of Puebla, the techniques are also practiced by artisans in Guanajuato. Talavera dates from the colonial period when Spanish priests taught how to craft ceramics using Majolica techniques. Over the centuries, Talavera evolved as a style of its own.
To create this Talavera-style art, clays of the region are mixed, then liquefied and poured into molds. Once the creation is dry – a day or two later – it is removed from its mold and smoothed, then permitted to dry completely for two more days before being fired at 950 degrees Celsius. After firing, the ceramic is submerged into glaze, then left to dry. The design is sketched onto the clay and the outlines and patterns are painted by hand with fine brushes. Finally, the piece is high-fired at 1,000 degrees Celsius to crystallize the colors.
Rocio Castillo comments, "Quality is more important to us than quantity. Each of our creations is handmade with great dedication, beginning with the preparation of our local clay to the impassioned hands of our family and the artisans who assist us."
I am in love with the vases and jars from the Castillo family! I have one in my foyer and the other in my living room. I plan on buying another for the downstairs bath :) Excellent quality and rich colors.
We love the talavera platter we purchased. It’s going to make a wonderful Christmas gift!
The plate is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! I never tire of the coloring! I haven't decided whether to hang it like artwork (because that is what it is!) or use it for when company comes over?! Thank You Very Much for the gift of your talent!!!!!
I purchased a ceramic serving platter as a gift for my colleague. It came so beautifully wrapped that I couldn't bring myself to open it before I gave it to her. Upon opening the gift my colleague was thrilled (and I was too!). Thank you for such a beautiful piece. The time and attention spent crafting it was evident. :)
Hola! Familia Castillo, Feliz Navidad! We received the Ceramic vase, 'Rising Sun', and my wife Maria was amazed, and so was I, at the colors, the size, and how much care you took to package the vase. Just unwrapping it, gave us the feeling of love, and pride. It arrived just in time for Christmas and I was very happy. We placed it in a prominent spot in our Family room, and everyone had some nice words to say about the beautiful vase. I thank you and wish health and success this coming New Year for you and your family. I will be visiting your site soon. Hasta luego mis nuevos amigos!
Dear Castillo Family, I just received the ""Blue Petal"" vase fom the Novica website. It is so beautiful and exactly what I was looking for. I had been to Cozumel for one day on a cruise stop and saw all of the beautiful Mexican pottery and fell in love with it.The vase resembles Talavera which is my favorite. But, I saw nothing in the form vase that you have made. Then I discovered Novica. I am so happy that I found the website. You have many beautiful items on the website and I was happy to be able to purchase your vase. I hope to purchase more in the future. Best Regards to All, Carol Habben New Port Richey Florida
I received my 'Floral Fiesta' ceramic serving set, and I am so impressed with the craftsmanship. It is a beautiful piece and I look forward to adding additional items to the collection. Thank you for this beautiful item.
Thank for the four lovely planters I purchased from you. They are lovely for highlighting simple green and grey-green plants. Each is a treasure. Best wishes for your future endeavors.
Fairfax, VA, USA
The pot I purchased from you is beautiful - perfect on my window sill, holding pots of fresh herbs. It came so quickly - thank you!
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
I have received my ceramic flowerpot, and I LOVE it! Thank you. May I also compliment whoever did the packing on this item. Never before have I seen anything packed so well.
Hola! I just received my Allende flower pot. It was beautifully gift wrapped and packaged with great care. The design is lovely and coordinates perfectly with my other Talavera pieces. Thank you so much! I love the artistry. : > )
Morristown, Indiana USA
""Appeasing Sun"" is a beautiful piece of art. My wife and I love the look of the talavera ceramics, and this piece is exceptional. We are honored to display this piece of art in our home. Thank you.
My vase arrived beautifully packed. It is lovely and I appreciated the full description of the Talavera process. Keep up the beautiful work!
I want to thank you for my beautiful purchase. Your service was excellent. Great delivery time,great package protection.
Granville, MA USA
Much thanks for the beautiful flower pot. The color, design, and technique are wonderful. Even the way it was packaged and shipped with the little angel shows how much the artist cares about their work.
Renton, WA, USA
I received the ""Fragrancia"" vase and the ""Allende"" ceramic flowerpot. They are beautiful and skillfully and meticulously painted. They add so much color and brighten up our Pacifc Northwest home here in the Seattle area. They were very well packed with a nicely added bow and card enclosed.
I purchased one of your flower pots as a gift for my wife. Both of us were very pleased with it. Your work is beautiful! Thank you
unbelievable. i was the hit of the holidays with my gifts from this beautiful family. i bought a welcome sign and a watering can. i can't thank you enough. they're beautiful, and i'm just so happy that i could buy something that directly benefitted an artist. thank you
Tuckerton, NJ, USA
I purchased the beautiful 'Hojas de la Mañana' vase to be used as a cremation urn for my father and stepmother's remains. The workmanship is outstanding and the piece is more lovely than I had expected it to be. The item was delivered in less than 24 hours of my ordering it and it was packaged very well. The Castillo Family are very talented artisans. Thank you Novica for helping me find a beautiful way to memorialize my loved ones!
I am absolutely thrilled with the beautiful Talavera window box I purchased. The quality is first rate and I was also impressed with how well it was packed for its long journey. I will, no doubt, purchase more from this talented family!
In my quest to find a vase that ""looked"" like authentic mexican artwork, I stumbled upon your website and the Castillo Family Talavera ceramics. I received my vase which was very well packaged for its journey and I am in love with it!! I cannot wait to order again. I love browsing your website every day and I have told all of my friends about this great place to shop all over the world!!
San Jose, CA
The vase I ordered is beautiful. It is refreshing to receive such unique craftsmanship right to my doorstep. The shipment was well-wrapped and secure.
WOW! Words can not describe my satisfaction with the beautiful ""Floral Tibor"" jar. As I opened the wonderful packaging, a big smile happened upon me! I absolutely LOVE my jar/vase. One can easily see the craftmanship that went into this. I plan on following the creations of the Castillo Family. Thanks for offering such a beautiful item,
I purchased two Verde flower boxes from this artist as a gift for my wife. The colors of the pottery are bright and well defined. The items came extremely well wrapped and protected. I planted three 4"" potted house plants in each flower box. My wife loves them (and so do I).
I have purchased two vases from the Castillo Family. Both were Imperial vases - with a height of approximately 14 inches(different decoration / painting). I am extremely pleased with both of the vases - the work that I have purchased from them thus far has been excellent - and excellent value. I hope that neither of these qualities change.