When city-building Spaniards came to the New World, they required skilled craftsmen willing to make a drastic life change and relocate to the other side of the globe. Ceramic tile was a popular staple for builders in Spain, so talented artisans who took the risk were ceramics workers from the internationally renowned city of Talavera …
Talavera … the word just rolls off the tongue, promising something exotic. In Puebla, Mexico, this elegant, yet earthy, ceramic tile blankets the walls, flows over fountains, and carpets the floors. Tiled church domes shimmer in the sun. From murals and mottos, to angels and addresses, no surface is left unadorned.
“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes.” ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
The old adage says that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and I guess that’s true. But what if it’s also an extraordinary work of ceramic art and a valuable source of information on fashion, diet, and the lifestyles of wealthy families of Spain in the late-1700s.
“Her blue eyes sparkle when bathed in afternoon sunlight. Her full lips bear an enigmatic Mona Lisa smile. And she grips a bouquet of flowers that will never die. Meet Mother Meres — the mural.”
If you’ve been following our Basecamp Gallivance series, you may have noticed that we’re nearing our one-year anniversary in the condo, and thankfully, the renovation is winding down.
This is a red letter day at Basecamp Gallivance. No more concrete floors! Those bad boys are now completely blanketed in beautiful tile, and James and I are