TIBOR DE ALGELES, acquired 2011

This Mexican hand crafted tibor piece is a sample of the many that has given our Mexican artists international fame for its exquisite elaboration and process. Manufacturing can last up to 3 months for one piece:  beginning with hand molding of the red clay; curing it; firing in a kilm (heat up to 1800 F.); the design is outlined; painted over; and glazed.  Finally, it is fired a second time so that the paint remains permanent, and you can appreciate the vibrant color and shine of these majestic pieces.

This particular piece is decorated with angels all around which is unusual because they are generally decorated with “Talaverado” patterns (Shown Below). Origins of this type of art comes from the town called Talavera de La Reina in Spain. The conquistadors and Spanish migrants brought this art to Mexico. Mexican artists have made art into their own with changed techniques and processes.

The transportation of large pieces such as this is also a challenge. Unusually when we place orders from the artisans we order in the hundreds anywhere from small vases to large. Breakage through transit is a problem that is mitigated by transporting them in large wooden crates and with protective paper or foam. Either way it is an adventure to get this type of pieces from the artisan’s home or “taller” to your home.


TIBOR in Spanish translates to large earthenware jar or vase.

TALLER in Spanish translates to workshop.