How To Care For Your Talaverica Pottery
All of our Talavera pottery is handmade and individually painted using lead-free mineral, pigments and glazes. The process is extremely precise and involved. As a result, each piece varies slightly in color, shape and design. Occasionally, you will notice a small paint smudge, fingerprint, or other “imperfection”. These are all signs of authenticity and character, while reminding us of the human hands that formed it.
Our pieces are colorfast and may be kept outdoors in direct sunlight without being damaged. However, though they are very durable and sturdy, they can break like any pottery so we recommend placing your pieces away from high traffic areas
All pieces intended for use with food have met FDA standards and are 100% lead free. While they are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe, we recommend treating them as the fine art that they are by hand-washing.
Over time, miniscule lines may appear on our hand thrown pieces. This aging process (called crazing) does not affect a piece’s durability – some even think it adds to the look. You can minimize crazing by avoiding drastic temperature changes. For example, run warm water over a piece before filling it with hot food or liquid. Also, you can put a metal spoon in a mug before adding a hot liquid.
Making Talavera is a very labor intensive process. Most of our pieces take up to eight weeks to make! Our pottery is produced entirely by hand by small family workshops and their families and employees are paid living wages. It is NOT produced in a factory by under paid workers – All of our Artisan products are fairly traded.