The fortunes of Talavera changed radically in the 1990s, when a group of Puebla potters joined together to draft new Ordinances. They clearly understood that the need for regulation had become an imperative if they were to protect their industry from certain extinction. The potters stipulated that Talavera could only be authentic if it was produced according to the traditional methods decreed in the 1653 Ordinances. The specific motivations behind the revival of the seventeenth-century Ordinances were twofold: to protect the commercial interests of the workshops sponsoring the new edicts; and to protect the quality of the product that could be called ‘Talavera’. The term Talavera was coined some time in the twentieth century, but with the Ordinances of 1998, the denomination Talavera became official.
Beginning in the late 1990s, potters at Uriarte Talavera and Talavera de la Reyna invited artists to collaborate with the artisans and create objects of art. The great revelation about contemporary Talavera is that this craft, an ancient and protected tradition, had new life breathed into it by artists whose idiosyncratic vision and desire for daring experimentation have been applied to the ceramics with considerable aesthetic accomplishment.
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