At Arte Ventosa, we follow a 400 year old process of making pottery that is known as Maiolica (Talavera). With aspects and influences ranging from Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Chinese, and Mexican; our Maiolica crosses the cultures and brings a beauty to everyday life. Each piece is completely handmade and can take up to three months to complete.
Arte Ventosa follows the same vision of Enrique Luis Ventosa Fina of Puebla established in 1917. Having obtained his art education in Paris, Ventosa came to Puebla from Barcelona, Spain in 1898, and quickly commenced to elevate the modern standard of the clay art by reviving many of the old designs. His work was characterized by conscientious adherence to the spirit of the old originals. He made a thorough study of the ancient Maiolica of Mexico, and his knowledge of the old Spanish wares enabled him to combine the Mexican and Spanish methods in his productions .
Ventosa substantially changed the direction of the Puebla Maiolica industry by the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century by giving a new and glorious life to the Talavera ceramics of Puebla, which having been abandoned for many years, had been restored by this capable and prestigious Spaniard. He continued to be active in the industry up until his death in 1935.
So successful was Ventosa in this work that all of the other tin enamel factories of Puebla followed his lead and engaged in imitating the older forms. In addition to reviving colonial styles, Ventosa was also engaged in elevating the status of utilitarian ware to art and befriended many scholars of the arts such as Manuel Toussaint, José Juan Tablada, and the prominent art collector Manuel Bello. At the time when many Mexican artists were searching for new modes of expression, Ventosa also introduced modernist ideas to the traditional crafts of Puebla. Some pieces of Ventosa reveal his adaptation of Art Nouveau style to the Talavera Poblana tradition.
At Arte Ventosa, we have continued to work in the Talavera tradition by producing pieces modeled after colonial types, as well as more contemporary pieces. Talavera or Maiolica Poblana continues to be associated with the finest glazed ceramics of Mexico and one of the most important ceramic traditions of the Western hemisphere.
Our Maiolica includes a wide variety of products such as tiles, murals, vases, flower pots, bowls, dinnerware, and many other decorating designs and styles. This art form is a welcome addition in any style of home.
Maiolica Poblana or Talavera continues to be associated with the finest glazed ceramics of Mexico and one of the most important ceramic traditions of the Western hemisphere.