Talavera Etc explains the process for making talavera pottery
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The Making of Talavera
CLAY - Talavera is made from 2 types of clay, which are mixed together, strained, then left to dry. Thereafter, the mixture is kneaded by hand and sent to the workshop.

MODELING - Each piece is either shaped by hand, hand and wheel, or hand-molded and left to dry for 8 to 12 weeks.

FIRST FIRING - Once dry, the pieces are fired at 850°C (1562°F), a process that produces a typical clay color known as "jaguete."

GLAZE - The pieces are dipped in a glaze that gives them the unique shine and color of authenic Talavera Poblana of Mexico.

DECORATING - Each piece is decorated with natural mineral based enamels, applied by hand, with mule-hair brushes. This finish preserves the shine and color of the pottery over time and use.

SECOND FIRING - Finally, the pieces are fired again, this time at 1050°C (1922°F), sealing in (fusing) the Talavera look and quality, preventing "leeching."

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