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Zinnia Blog

03.28
2017

What is Mexican Talavera?

Posted by Anne Damon in Guanajuato, Mexican ceramics, Talavera   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

Mexican Talavera-Zinnia Folk Arts

 

Most of the ceramics carried at Zinnia are considered either “Talavera” or “Majolica” which are terms that refers to Mexican handmade, hand painted ceramics from Puebla or the Guanajuato regions. Ceramics experts differentiate between

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02.17
2015

Mexican Tin: The Mexican Folk Art Everyone Loves!

Posted by Anne Damon in Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Tin   /   5 COMMENTS

One of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art is hojalata (tin art work), also known in some parts of Mexico as, lamina  or lata. Since the 1500's, this humble metal has been made more pleasing by being shaped, stamped, punched, painted and cut into a wide variety of decorative and functional artwork.

One reason it's popular as a material for folk art is that it is very light, it's strong and it's inexpensive. Along with being low cost, it's easily bent and crimped to form intricate shapes. It's a material that has been used for many inexpensive domestic products, like mousetraps or tin cups, and for that reason, can easily be overshadowed  or ignored when faced with similar pieces made of gold or silver. BUT it's shiny surface as an appearance similar to silver, which likely contributed to its appeal for making candlesticks, plates, pitchers, buckets, ladles, etc, despite its tendency to rust.

 

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