The making of the Talavera bowls was brought to Mexico in the 16th century and are hand painted on each piece of pottery. The pair of bowls feature an enamel finish unique to this type of majolica pottery. I am not too sure what all that means except I know they are beautiful and I got a little handwritten note with my bowls from the artist telling me he appreciated my getting his bowls. I thought that added a really nice touch to my bowls that I will be using during Christmas to serve many wonderful meals. Unfortunately, when I went back on Novica's website, the Daisy Stars set of bowls in no longer available at the moment. But, there are many more patterns to choose from and I hope you check them out!
There was so much stuff I wanted but unfortunately for me, I don't have that kind of money, but if I did I might be tempted to get one of each. These little handmade jugs were attached to the packages that contained my bowls. I kept them because they are so cute!
You can also check out their Corporate Gifts section. I could go on but you get the idea. These artists are from all over the place from Mexico to Asia, Brazil, India, Thailand, West Africa, Andes, Bali, Java and Central America!
It's kinda like travelling the world in your own living room! You absolutely must check out their new Home Party Division! Oh, one last thing, new customers only get $7.00 off their first purchase!
Here is Novica's Mission that I got off of their website:
We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.
At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe. We want you to know about who you're buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it. In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together. NOVICA. The World is Your Market.
Here is a little bit about Pedro Alba, the artist of my pretty bowls:
"I've taken quite a few ceramic courses around the country, organized by Mexico's Ceramists' Society. My technique is 100% hand-crafted and I use mineral enamels and paints. I've kept the first vase I've ever made and my pieces are characterized by my own specific style. I enjoy developing new designs. Over the years my workshop has grown to such an extent that I can offer work to people in my community. I'm pleased of the working environment we have created – we really enjoy working with each other.You can contact Novica several ways:
"However, that has become my greatest challenge: to ensure there is always enough orders so that the artisans at the workshop will always have work, and that I may continue to provide my children with a good education.
"In 1998 I went back to study and earned a degree in International Commerce. In 1998 and 2004 I received State Awards for my work, and from 2004 to 2007 I organized seminars, workshops and courses with the top ceramists of Mexico.
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Novica has been so kind as to offer one reader her very own $35 GC to spend in their online store! You are gonna love shopping here. Open to U.S. and Canada residents.