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Aisles of Talavera | © Alyssa Gunn / Shutterstock
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The Best Places to Buy and See Talavera on Your Trip to Puebla

Picture of Lydia Carey
Updated: 23 November 2017

Talavera, like so many things in Mexico, is a mix of indigenous ancestry, Spanish influence, and local adaptation. The Talavera decorative style originated in Spain but was combined with the deep-seated tradition of ceramics already established in Puebla, due to the excellence of local clay, when the Spanish arrived. The best Talavera is now designated with Denominación de Origen de la Talavera, a distinction that signifies loyalty to the traditional techniques of production and artistry. Here is a list of some of the best places to find authentic Talavera on your next trip to Puebla.

Talavera de la Luz

The Talavera de la Luz workshop came to be in 1996 as part of the renaissance of Talavera craftsmanship that the city of Puebla was experiencing. This workshop is currently only one of nine that have Denominación de Origen status. Their shop lies in the Barrio de la Luz, the traditional location of pottery workshops in the city (where vases, dishes, and pots are made and sold plain for further decoration by artisans). They offer free guided tours for visitors who want to see the process of making Talavera in action and a showroom where you can purchase pieces.

Talavera de la Luz, Av. Don Juan de Palafox y. Mendoza 1413, De Analco, Barrio de Analco, 72500 Puebla, Pue., Mexico, +52 222 246 1215

Celia Talavera, 72000, Av 5 Ote 608, Centro, Puebla, Pue., Mexico, +52 222 235 1891

Uriarte Talavera, Av. 4 Pte. 911, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico, +52 222 232 1598

Founded in 1990, Talavera La Reyna was granted Denominación de Origen status in 1998, and it is a favorite stop for buying Talavera and watching the process at work. Talavera La Reyna’s Galeria Alarca features a beautiful collection of ceramics made by 70 artists from different artistic traditions; it is worth a visit if you want to see some exquisite ceramic art. Their workshop also offers guided tours and Talavera painting classes.

Museo Talavera de la Reyna, Lateral Sur 3510, Recta a Cholula, San Andrés Cholula, Almenares de Chollollan, 72810 Puebla, Pue., Mexico, +52 222 225 4058

Talavera Santa Catarina

Created in the 1990s by the Mexican artist Fernanda Gamboa (who now works alongside her partner Simona Capasso), Talavera Santa Catarina has had official Denominación de Origen status since 2000, and the workshop creates not only traditional designs but also art objects and more modern styles for their customers. They offer guided tours that explain the Talavera-making process and are generally led by Gamboa herself. They also have a shop on-site where visitors can purchase pieces to take home with them.

Talavera Santa Catarina, Prolongación 14 Oriente 1402, San Andrés Cholula, 72810 Puebla, Pue., Mexico, +52 222 247 6614

Talavera Armando

Talavera Armando is one of the youngest Talavera workshops that you will find in the city, with a mere 15 years of producing this style of ceramics. They offer both traditional styles and more modern takes on the art form, with pieces that branch out from the regular white and blue traditionalist bent. Like other workshops on this list, you can take a tour of the space and see Talavera painters at work. The artisans are friendly and will take time to stop and talk to you about their techniques and creations.

Talavera Armando, El Parian, Calle 6 Nte 402, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico, +52 222 242 3455 

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Mercado de Artesanías

While most Talavera pieces that you find at the Mercado de Artesanías will not have Denominación de Origen status (look for the DO4 on the bottom of the piece), essentially making it more affordable, the craft market can be a good alternative place to buy a souvenir or gift to take home. You will find rows upon rows of Talavera-style ceramics painted with all different designs and colors and at much more accessible prices than what you will find at the big name galleries and workshops.

Mercado de Artesanías (El Parián), 

Callejón de los Sapos

The Callejón de los Sapos and surrounding streets are chock-full of antique shops and ceramic stores. There are hundreds of styles and colors to choose from, and in many shops, you will find more budget-friendly prices than at the official Talavera workshops around town. If the Denominación de Origen status is important to you, make sure to check the pieces for the DO4 label, but if not, feel free to purchase to your heart’s content and pass it off to your friends at home as the real deal. The pieces are beautiful either way!

Callejón de los Sapos (Alley of the Frogs), Puebla, Pue., Mexico