Finding the best talavera tiles Artisans in Mexico is not an easy job, that's why I'm glad to present you two of the top best. Their quality, reliability, care for the environment and their employees is what you can count on.
I've being working with Mr. Roberto Vazques and Mr. Norberto Cortes for several years and together we are bringing these wonderful tiles to the rest of the world. Mr. Vazques specializes in the traditional talavera tiles and Mr. Cortes in the superior frost-proof tiles.
Mr. Roberto Vazques
You can immediately see the quality of his work at first glance. Mr. Vazques Tiles are reaching lands as far as Australia and Europe, I get complements all the time (check our testimonials page). Here are Mr. Vazques own words:
"My family has been in this guild for 95 years. The workshop was founded 4 generations ago by Felipe Vazquez, who passed the knowledge and skills to his descendants and ultimately to me".
"We create these beautiful pieces of art by the combination of three types of clay, which in turn provides three different shades of color. We knead the clay by hand or foot, and then we shape and dry it. The pieces are then fired at an extreme heat (850 degrees Celcius). Once they cool, they are submerged in glaze, which brings their color to life. Patterns are then drawn and painted on the pieces. That’s why the designs are slightly raised off of the surface of the pottery. With an additional firing (this time at 1000 degrees), the Talavera work of art is complete and ready to be used and admired. Whenever is viable, we use recycled materials in our facilities, including recycled paper".
Mr. Norberto Cortes
Mr. Cortes reputation of excellent quality and durable tiles is widely known. His work has being recognized with several awards as: "Arch of Europe Gold Star for Quality" and the Brazilian "Medalha de Ouro".s. He specializes in the superior frost-proof and High relief tiles.
Mr. Cortes is the 3rd generation of a family dedicated to the Talavera process since back when the Spanish people came to Mexico. They have focus on improving his methods to achieve higher resistant tiles. Here is Mr. Cortes own words:
"The legacy of deep spanish roots and moorish style blend whith natural talent and colour-acuteness in Mexican Crafsmanship, are ever-present attribute in our Talavera Tiles.
We manufacture the finest glazed titles for creating finishing details of a unique beauty in any building project.
The formula for reaching and maintaining this category consists in using only the best local and imported raw-materials, plus and correct manufacturing process combined whith the natural skills of our craftsmen.
The Manufacturing excelence in Azulejos Talavera Cortés® is a shining example of World Class Craftsmanship."
I'm fortunate to have met Mr. Vazques and Mr. Cortes as I'm sure you will when you receive your package a big whaooo awaits you.
In the name of these two wonderful Artisans, their family and employees, thank you and enjoy a piece of Mexico in your place.