Sensory overload. That's the only way I can describe today.
8 of us went to finalize the payment and delivery of a Lilly Loo. This is actually a view of the loo and the hand basin sitting in the loo.
No, it's not mine… but friend Pauline has bought it for her new house. I bought huge platters and as I mentioned the other day… my dinner set. We chose the colors and did the design and it will arrive in a few months…Pauline and I bought the same so if we have a party we can share….
We visited potteries today and watched the entire process of a tile being made from clay to finished product. It is incredibly labor intensive and it was fascinating watching the artisans at work.
The brushes are made from Squirrel fur… don't ask me how they get it from the squirrel. I bought a few to try.
In the making of Talavera, two types of clay are blended and left to soak in water to improve their quality and malleability.
The potter then works the clay by walking on it with his feet to remove all air bubbles and to give the clay a better uniformity and consistency. We saw them using a machine for this step.
The pieces are then baked in an oven at 850C, which turns the grayish colored clay into the well-known brick colored pottery known as “jahuete”. Then, one by one the pieces are dipped into an earthenware glaze, which ultimately gives them their characteristic brilliance and color.
NOW we can look at color combinations.. Red, blue, orange , yellow and green and this was just our lunch.