Talavera pottery is the Mexican variation of the Spanish majolica produced in Talavera de la Reina and other Spanish cities and which derived from Italian Renaissance Majolica, with Islamic influences. The craft arrived in Mexico after the Conquest (1500's) when the city of Puebla was settled.
Talavera is a very stylish and beautiful glazed pottery originally produced in Puebla only by Spanish artisans as glazing was unknown in pre-Hispanic Mexico.
Talavera pottery and tiles were produced in great quantities to meet the need for architectural tiles, tableware and utilitarian pottery in the New Spain.
Today Talavera pottery is made in the towns of Puebla and Dolores Hidalgo.
You can often see the influence of Moorish designs in Mexican Talavera but it is strongly influenced by floral designs and copies of famous Mexican paintings and Mexican religious art too.