The Making of Mexican Talavera Tile and Tiles
1. A lump of clay is transformed into a desired shape manually on a potters wheel or with a mold and then left to dry for several days.
2. Once dried is ready for its first firing, what emerges from the kiln is baked terra cotta or "jaguete".
3. The piece is dipped into a chalky liquid glazed, which gives it the unique shine and color.
4. The painter painstakingly freehand decorates the piece. An understanding of the based mineral color complexities is essential, as the colors of the raw glazes used are different from the colors that are finally produced.
5. Finally, the piece is fired again, at temperatures 700°-1000° C. Brilliance and final coloration are determined by te temperature and kiln time.