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What are some of the key features of Mexican ceramic pots?

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Some of the key features of Mexican Talavera ceramic pots include a milky white glaze, strong colors and intricate patterns that depict traditional Mexican culture. To be considered traditional Talavera pottery, only six different colors are allowed: black, blue, green, orange, mauve and yellow, and they must have natural dyes.

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The pottery uses black sand from Amozoc and white sand from Tecali. This mixture is filtered to wash out any impurities, leaving about 50 percent of the original sand. The Mexican Talavera Regulatory Council regulates who can make authentic Talavera, giving them a designation called Denominacion de Origen. To tell these authentic pieces apart from forgeries, a small stamp that reads DO4 is placed on the bottom of the pot.

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