Puebla, Mexico: Home of Talavera Pottery

Puebla, Mexico, is famed for its Talavera pottery. So, before we visited Puebla this past weekend, I had envisioned it as being a city completely covered in Talavera. Like, even the toilets would be Talavera — hey, I’ve seen it before, some of you may remember.

But, no, it wasn’t so. It wasn’t Talavera todo el tiempo. Although don’t get me wrong: Downtown Puebla is beautiful, and has more-than-your-average amount of Talavera. The artists’ market also is heavily focused on ceramics, some of them incredibly gorgeous and expensive, especially the stuff that’s been certified as true “Talavera.”

And, as always in Mexico, the food was increible, from my four-mole meal at Meson Sacristia to the cheap, delicious tacos al pastor at midnight sold in taquerias on the zocalo (that’s unusual — most colonial-town zocalos have been overtaken by overpriced, not-so-great touristy joints). I guess Puebla combines the beauty of an old colonial city with the urban-ness of Mexico City…or something like that, oh, and with a touch of “shabby chic” thrown in (outer areas of the central parts of town were a bit down-on-its-heels).

One important thing to know about Puebla if you visit: Damn, the temperature fluctuates. It feels about 85 during the day, and about 40 at night. So, prepare to wear a t-shirt in the afternoon, and a winter coat and hat at night.

PHOTOS from my trip…

A typical street scene in Puebla, Mexico. We took the tour bus across town, and a random rain shower made us feel a bit stupid for being seated on the open-air top level of the bus. But wow, being perched up high helps with photo taking. More photos….


The Casa del Alfenique.

Close-up of the Alfenique.


Taken from a pedestrian mall located off the Zocalo.


Once you got out of the main downtown area, it was not uncommon to see once-beautiful buildings in half-ruin.


Close-up of one of Puebla’s many beautiful churches.

The steeple on that church, with its “wedding cake-like” adornments.

Lovely architecture.

I bought four new bowls – certified Talavera.

5 thoughts on “Puebla, Mexico: Home of Talavera Pottery

  1. Mr. Bob says:

    That is a beautiful city. Too bad they seem to spend the money on church buildings and the left-over on the rest of the structures.

  2. cuartos puebla says:

    To add about weather, during the raining season you can expect wild storms for one or two hourw, some sudden floodings and then it will pass quickly, so plan museums or churc visits in the afternoon and less outdoor activities.

  3. Earl Wheeler says:

    I am looking for dishes made in Puebla, hand painted, with the initial C/A. We bought the dishes in SantaFe, N.M. years ago and would like to add to our collection.

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