A FEAST FOR THE
EYES AND SENSES ~
An ancient tradition evolves into modern art
you thought you had seen everything available in Mexican Tabletop?
Yes, Talavera Pottery as interpreted by Mexico when brought from Spain
is very beautiful, sensual, and lively. But it is from the pre-Hispanic
cultures that we are discovering the most interesting and earthy designs
for the table.
Imagine Cortez delighting in coffee,
tomatoes, squash, chiles, corn and CHOCOLATE for the first time! Now imagine
the indigenous pottery traditions that were thriving in Mexico before
the Spaniards. These same villages are producing wonderful wares today
only now producing the oldest designs and forms in 100%, lead free pottery.
ZOCALO Fine Folk Art & Furniture fully supports the artisans who are
making the difficult and expensive change to lead free production. Thanks
to organizations such as AID TO ARTISANS, GIRA, and FONART, testing, tools
and glazes are being provided to Mexico's indigenous families who are
the heart and soul of clay works throughout the countryside. This mind
shift to lead free is historic in Mexico.
Discover, explore and follow ZOCALO's journey in supporting this new day
in Mexican ceramics. We assure you, the journey will be worthwhile and
artistically rewarding! Enchiladas Verdes anyone?
Written by Deb Hall
July 21, 2004
All photos by Deb Hall