DIY Talavera-inspired Ceramic Mug and Saucer

How to paint your own talavera-inspired pottery!

Here’s a traditional art form from the state of Puebla, Mexico (where the Battle of Puebla took place) – Talavera pottery! Known for the cobalt blue painted accents, it usually has a color story of deep reds, earthy greens and oranges. Here are directions for my “crafty chica” version so you can visit your local paint-on-pottery store and make your own!

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I started with Duncan bisque and a pencil. I also printed out some Talavera images for inspiration and guidance. Basically, it is a lot of swirls and flowers. And then I simplified because it was my first time!

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Once I finished sketching on the bisque, I filled in with Duncan® Concepts® Underglazes for Bisque and Majolica. First I filled in the inside spaces and then added the background color – and then I went over all the edges for a refined look. I added some lighter shades on top of darker shades for definition. I trimmed the ridges in blue, keeping with tradition. The last step is to outline all the designs with a VERY thin liner brush with black.

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Let it dry and then dip or brush on pure•brilliance™ Clear Glaze on both sides. Let dry.

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 Fire in the kiln, cone 06.

Here is my finished piece, I signed the bottom because I had faith it would come out just the way I wanted and I wanted proof that I made it!

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Here is the saucer. I used an orange background, I was hoping for more of a tan-orange, but I still like it!
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I painted the inside of the mug Really Red.

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Close up of one of the designs.

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 Happy me with my new mug! I’m inspired to paint a whole dinner set now! I hope you are too!
Here is a pinnable graphic!
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Love & light,

7 Responses

  1. I love Talavera! I am leaving on June 10th to spend 10 days in the state of Puebla and I can’t wait to go shopping! I need to try pottery painting again – my last attempt was not exactly what I wanted. Love this project and am sharing it!

  2. Kathy, I love it!!! You are a very talented and creative. I love everything you do!! I love that you are all about cultura and orgullo in one’s heritage. I so want to scrap my pages with Latino Cultural flair. That is my goal. You are an aweseome crafty chica! Happy belated Cinco de mayo!!!

  3. oh i see, you have to start off with a standard white unpainted mug. Is it possible to do this with a mug that already has been painted on, just by covering with the talavera print, some kind of special coating to cover up the previous pattern?

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