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Blue on Ivory Swallow Motif Talavera Style Ginger Jar, 'Blue Puebla Swallow'

Product ID: U71032


Blue on Ivory Swallow Motif Talavera Style Ginger Jar, 'Blue Puebla Swallow'

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The swallow motif has long been popular in authentic Talavera pottery and is usually depicted in cobalt blue, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. However this bird seems to suggest the quetzal found in the cloud forests of Oaxaca, a state that borders Puebla. Isabelle Collins works in the style and technique of classic Talavera ceramics to create a beautiful ginger jar. This lidded vase is known in Mexico as a tibor; it was brought to Mexico from the Orient by way of the Philippines in the late 1500s.

"We use the same techniques and styles used in 16th-century Puebla. Classic Talavera used only six colors, all of which were natural glazes compounded at home with mineral pigments. We create our homemade paintbrushes using mule hair or horsehair from the mane or tail, according to the thickness desired for our motifs," the artisan confides.

Made in Mexico

  • Ceramic
  • For decorative use only
  • Hand wash only
  • Not for use with foods
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
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  • 0.26 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
  • Jar(s): 9 cm H x 8 cm Diam.
  • Jar(s): 3.5" H x 3.1" Diam.
  • Lid: 6 cm H x 7 cm Diam.
  • Lid: 2.4" H x 2.8" Diam.
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Isabelle Collins

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Artfully crafted by Isabelle Collins from Mexico.


Meet the Artist

Isabelle Collins

Isabelle Collins

"I want my work to tell you stories, to take you on a trip across time to colonial Puebla and, always, to exalt our Mexican traditions."

Isabelle Collins's work is inspired by historical motifs, seen in tiles around her birthplace of Puebla, Mexico, while... also playing with influences from other traditions, including Moroccan or Chinese designs.

"The splendid Talavera ceramics of Puebla are a true work of art. I don't say this because it's what I do. It's because of the origins, the history and the wonderful tradition of Talavera over time. Talavera still lives because it not only offers functionality or life and color, but also explicit and transcendental meanings, inspiration, perspective, life and significance.

"We know of a number of different techniques that have contributed to Talavera. However I work to preserve the traditional methods that have been used from the beginning — our procedures, the glazes that we make ourselves, and the paintbrushes which are made with mule hair or the mane and tail hair of horses, depending on whether they'll be used to outline or fill in the motifs.

"For our ceramics, we use two types of clay. One is white, one is black and we mix them in equal amounts. First, we clean it of any impurities by putting it through a sieve. Then we mix it and put it into sedimentation tanks until the water is eliminated. This helps improve the quality of the clay.

"Next, to obtain a uniform and moist texture, we mix it vigorously with our feet and shape it into blocks to be stored.

"We shape our designs on the potter's wheel or by placing flat pieces of clay into molds we have created. They are left to dry slowly in unventilated rooms, then fired for some ten hours. It is now bisque or, as it is known in the Nahuatl language, jahuete.

"Finally, we decorate them using natural colors we mix ourselves and mineral pigments characteristic of Talavera — deep cobalt blue, light blue, black, yellow, green, and orange. Finally, we immerse the finished piece in a glaze containing tin and lead, and fire it once more where it acquires its glossy finish and slightly-raised motifs.

"All our designs are made with all the dedication and passion we have, and all are completely crafted by hand. They reveal stylistic nuances of Italy, Spain, Morocco, China and Mexico in a blend of the cultures that influenced this art.

"My goal is to continue promoting this wonderful art form, preserving the traditional techniques and creating more designs that will be treasured as handcrafted works of ceramic art. I want my work to tell you stories, to take you on a trip across time to colonial Puebla and, always, to exalt our Mexican traditions."

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BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5

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cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

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