"YOU ARE NOT JUST ACQUIRING A PIECE OF CERAMIC, YOU ARE ACQUIRING ART, TRADITION AND CULTURE".
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the Mexican and Spanish pottery style known as talavera an intangible cultural heritage on December 11, 2019.
An intangible cultural heritage or "living heritage" refers to the practices, expressions,knowledge or techniques transmitted by communities from generation to generation.
The pottery is made in the Mexican states of Puebla and Tlaxcala and the Spanish towns of Talavera de la Reina and El Puente del Arzobispo. In Mexico, the communities of Atlixco, Cholula, Tecali de Herrera and Puebla city, where the pottery is produced, are colloquially referred to as the “Talavera zone.”
“The theoretical knowledge and practices related to this element of living cultural heritage include the preparation of the clay, its formation with a potter’s wheel or mold, the decoration of the formed piece, the preparation of the pigments and glazes and the firing in the kiln, operations that all require great skill,” said the organization.
For more information of this magnificent award please visit UNESCO.