Mexican Clay Tiles

Mexican clay tiles are made of three different clays. Some of them are available locally in Dolores Hidalgo and other comes from San Luis Potosi. It is a neighboring state and the clay pit is located about four hundred miles away. Clay used for making Mexican tiles is what provides unique tile character. The production process consists of mixing all 3 clays crating red clay mixture. Once it is semi dry the craftsman cuts it into four by four or six by six tiles. They are fired for the first time in wood ovens and than painted white. As soon as they are ready the talavera artists hand paint designs on the top of them and fire the tiles once more time in industrial ovens. It takes eight hours and high temperature to melt paint and for the glaze to appear. Mexican clay tiles are most often used for decorating kitchen walls and backslashes, bathroom counters, showers, swimming pools. Quite often handcrafted tiles from Mexico are installed among larger red clay tiles on floor as accents what is demonstrated on both blog post images.

Mexican Tiles

Mexican clay tiles are made of three different clays. Some of them are available locally in Dolores Hidalgo and other comes from San Luis Potosi. It is a neighboring state and the clay pit is located about four hundred miles away. Clay used for making Mexican tiles is what provides unique character. The production process consists of mixing all 3 clays crating red clay tile  mixture. Once it is semi dry the craftsman cuts it into four by four or six by six tiles. They are fired for the first time in wood ovens and than painted white. As soon as they are ready local talavera artists hand paint designs on the top of them and fire the tiles once more time in industrial ovens. It takes eight hours and high temperature to melt paint and for the glaze to appear. Mexican clay tiles are most often used for decorating…

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