Handcrafted Talavera-style ceramics in Mexico
"The world of ceramics is complex and enigmatic… A ceramist must be committed in every aspect of the crafting process and be willing to learn every single day."
"I'm Armando Sobreyra from Guanajuato. The lovely town of Dolores Hidalgo is well known for its ceramic tradition, an art promoted more than 200 years ago by the parish priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. He went on to become one of the leaders of Mexican independence.
"It was my family who taught me this art so characteristic of the area. I found a complement in my love for reading. But more than anything, it's been the continual experimentation, knowing each part of my work and their variants that have let me master it.
"And it is the experimentation that I like best about my work — the challenge to achieve a determined color, finish or form.
"In each design, I strive to convey the essence of my beautiful Mexico, the culture that surrounds this magical town.
"The world of ceramics is complex and enigmatic. The challenges we've faced have helped us learn a great deal more. A ceramist must be committed in every aspect of the crafting process and be willing to learn every single day.
"It's necessary to conjugate a number of factors to achieve great results. And it requires a talented multidisciplinary team to overcome the challenges to come.
"For me, what's most important is each one of the people who collaborate with us, the respect and admiration we feel in our hearts for our work. We promote education for all of our team so that, in this way, they can grow as people and as artisans.
"Our goal is the same as always — to offer quality designs that are special for those who love Mexican ceramics. With our work, we share a bit of ourselves, of our wonderful family."
Items by Armando Sobreyra