Tiles and Ceramics of Talavera de la Reina, Spain

Talavera de la Reina is the original place where the famous blue and yellow "talavera" tiles were first made. Both the technique and the tradition of covering church domes and walls with colorful tiles traveled to the Americas with the colonial Spaniards. Architectural and artistic tiles are still made in Talavera today. The colorful sculpture on the right may be seen while driving through Talavera de la Reina.
Artesanía Talaverana is located at 36 Avenida de Portugal, Tel: 925 802 737. Their web page includes contact information. The virtual studio tour below demonstrates most of the steps involved in producing a piece from beginning to end.

Original designs on paper are approved by clients before proceeding with commissions.

Base glaze is applied by hand to damp, bisqued tiles.

Excess glaze is cleaned off the back of the tiles with a wet, slow-moving belt.

Edges are touched up with a glaze-charged paint brush.


Pierced patterns and transfer powder

The tiles are placed on an easel and hand painted in the studio.


Plaster molds are used to form some three-dimensional pieces.

Colorful glaze is hand painted over the base glaze.

Pieces are fired in an electric car kiln.

Artesanía Talaverana Showroom.

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Web page, photographs, and text by Carol Ventura in 2005. Please look at Carol's home page to see more about crafts around the world.