Our purchase of Alonso Luis Talavera began nearly 20 years ago in a San Miguel de Allende gallery, and we continued to collect several pieces while visiting Mexico over the next ten years. In 2007 we had the enormous privilege of visiting the small factory itself in a town outside of Puebla. Mr. Luis himself graciously escorted us through the factory and showed us the steps to create his treasures, starting from the pile of clay outside through the final firing. As we no longer travel to Mexico, we are delighted to find AL's Talavera at Novica! We use our elegant Talavera plates and bowls and mugs daily and do not hesitate putting them into the dishwasher. We also display AL Talavera both on plate stands and behind glass cabinet doors. Guests never fail to comment on its beauty, expecting it to be European, mainly Italian, rather than Mexican. Whether it be for a special display item or daily use, I highly recommend the beauty and serviceability of AL Talavera! We love it!
I bought the owl mugs to compliment the pitcher and cookie jar I have. They are charming and bring a smile to all who see them. The craftsmanship is excellent and I am certain that the care taken in packing the items for shipping reflects Novica's high standards.
In 1992, Mexico's then president awarded Gorky Gonzalez with the National Award of Sciences and Art. "My main interest was always the rescue of traditional Majolica pottery."
Ceramic Mug with a Hand-Painted Red Dove from Mexico, "Red Dove"
Handcrafted Authentic Mexican Blue Talavera Style Plate, "Cholula Blossoms"
Colorful Set of 2 Mexican Majolica Floral Ceramic Mugs, "Puebla Petunias"
Artisan Crafted Ceramic 12-inch Dinner Plates (Pair), "Zacatlan"