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Old 06-27-2012   #1 (permalink)
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any suggestions in the pdc/tulum area where i can find authentic/handmade mexican pottery? - not the mass-produced stuff.

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Check out Siete Detailles on 1st & 14th! This is a wonderful little store with a great selection of handmade Talavera pottery and gorgeous (well-priced) pewter pieces. Alicia, the owner packs up the pottery incredibly well. If you find the store closed there is a note on the door to knock on the apartment door just around the corner on 14th.

Here's a link with information on Talavera pottery.....

Talavera (pottery) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Maureen is correct, we stayed at Club Yebo and happened upon this place by accident, it has beautiful pieces and they are priced very well.
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any suggestions in the pdc/tulum area where i can find authentic/handmade mexican pottery? - not the mass-produced stuff.

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theres one on the other side of the highway, where jaurez connects,,,look for it you will see all the terra cotta pots and stuff there
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thank you all. i'll check out both places.

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The place that has the largest selection is located on the highway (307) just a bit south of calle 34. It is next to (just south of) the ceramic tile store and set back just a little from the road. Thousands and thousands of pieces.
The store Rob McKay is referring to is about a block south of Juarez on the highway. Rob how could you forget that MARLIN is at the corner of the highway and Juarez
I think that some of the most beautiful pottery is the black clay (barro negro) pottery that is handmade in Oaxaca. Certain times of year by City Hall Oaxacan vendors sell their wares. My favorites are made and sold by La Flor del Barro Negro. Their email address is arteen_barro@hotmail.com. Maybe they are sold somewhere in town.

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There is a really cool piece that Phyllis got at a roadside stand somewhere around 52nd Ave. It was yellow I believe with peppers on it in red? I loved it and wish I knew where to find one like it.
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There is a really cool piece that Phyllis got at a roadside stand somewhere around 52nd Ave. It was yellow I believe with peppers on it in red? I loved it and wish I knew where to find one like it.
The roadside stand was yellow with peppers on it on red
I will go look for it tomorrow...........
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any suggestions in the pdc/tulum area where i can find authentic/handmade mexican pottery? - not the mass-produced stuff.

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There is a place between Merida and Uxmal where the Patty family makes wonderful, reproduction pottery pieces, but it would be a long day trip or a 2 day trip for you.
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The roadside stand was yellow with peppers on it on red
I will go look for it tomorrow...........
That would be hard to miss, eh?
He he he. The pottery was a large bowl or platter of some sort, yellow with red peppers. And I covet thy bowl.
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That would be hard to miss, eh?
He he he. The pottery was a large bowl or platter of some sort, yellow with red peppers. And I covet thy bowl.
......anyway there is no AV. 52. It would have to be calle 52.
At AV. 30 and calle 52 (or is it 50?) - there is a great hammock store.
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Marginally off-topic, but...does anybody know about the lead content (or lack of lead content) of the white glaze used inside the "Talavera" water containers (approx 1 or 2 gallon ceramic "pots" with lid and spigot) widely sold throughout Mexico for kitchen and bathroom water dispensers? I haven't found anybody who seems to know, and most of the ceramics sold here are apparently made elsewhere in Mexico (although there must be some locally-made ceramic ware made here also - i.e., Yucatan peninsula).

I thought about scraping off some of the white glaze from the inside of one of the water dispensers and sending it to a lab to check the lead content, but that means buying one and then scraping off a portion of the glaze - unless, of course, somebody has one to donate to the cause or has pieces of a broken one. The downside is that a sample from one potter tells nothing about the the glaze used by a different potter (unless there's only one glaze available commercially here and everybody uses it, or there's a law requiring lead-free glazes - there should be, but you never know).

Any of you potters out there know anything about the type of glazes used in Mexican "food grade" ceramics? Buen provecho!
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Marginally off-topic, but...does anybody know about the lead content (or lack of lead content) of the white glaze used inside the "Talavera" water containers (approx 1 or 2 gallon ceramic "pots" with lid and spigot) widely sold throughout Mexico for kitchen and bathroom water dispensers?
No lead. It's usually stamped on the piece.
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The place that has the largest selection is located on the highway (307) just a bit south of calle 34. It is next to (just south of) the ceramic tile store and set back just a little from the road. Thousands and thousands of pieces.
The store Rob McKay is referring to is about a block south of Juarez on the highway. Rob how could you forget that MARLIN is at the corner of the highway and Juarez
I think that some of the most beautiful pottery is the black clay (barro negro) pottery that is handmade in Oaxaca. Certain times of year by City Hall Oaxacan vendors sell their wares. My favorites are made and sold by La Flor del Barro Negro. Their email address is arteen_barro@hotmail.com. Maybe they are sold somewhere in town.
This place charges very high prices, and I've had friends visit there only to turn away in disgust, not only because they wanted about $40 US for an ashtray, but because they had dogs lying out back on very, very short chains.
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No lead. It's usually stamped on the piece.
Yes, and thanks. But TIM - which is to say, I don't really trust that it has "no lead" (hence the post). I've put off buying one for years (just waiting for this thread), and finally "solved" the problem of having tooth-brushing-water ready at hand by switching from Crystal and ePure to a new water supplier who has garrafons (5-gallon jugs) with a handy plastic spigot on the side of the garrafon near the bottom - a company called "Dasha" - home delivery, text your order and address to 984-139-6236, delivery next day in a small clean truck, no honking at each house during the sacred hours of siesta, etc., - cost: $20 pesos for the water, $57 deposit for the garrafon (but they accept your "other brand" garrafons in trade, so no need to pay anither deposit), and $29 for each spigot, but you can continue to use the "old" spigot on each new garrafon - looks like they can last forever - the jug has a hole with plastic membrane, just insert the spigot (it's got a "sharp" beveled point, slips right in, but you need to be quick or wear your shower sandals - the learning curve is quick). The only problem is it takes up more room than you want it to, i.e., more than the nice-lookingTalavera crock, and it's quite a bit of water just to brush your teeth - and, of course, it looks like a big blue upright plastic garrafon instead of a nice Talavera crock. On the other hand, no need to refill it often, and it might be cheaper to just hire somebody to come over and paint a nice Talavera design on it, like the French Champagne bottle (Jouet? Jamias? Jamon" - nope, can't remember). I'd still like to get a lab analysis for lead content (if any), just to be sure, when I get tired of dodging the garrafon to brush my teeth.
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