You'll have a ball decorating your home and garden with these colorful Handmade Talavera-Inspired Ceramic Globes. Set them on a porch or along a walkway for eye-popping color that fits in anywhere. Each detailed Talavera-Inspired Ceramic Globe is hand-thrown from all-natural clay and hand-painted by Mexican artisans. Ceramic balls are textured for extra interest.
Traditional Talavera pottery is a derivative of European fine art maoilica, which developed as a result of Chinese blue and white porcelain. Maoilica ceramic pieces, including our collection of Talavera-inspired pottery, feature a fine, opaque white glaze that serves as the background for intricate figures and patterns painted in vibrant glazes. Our collection of enchanting pieces presents a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western folk art influences, bringing color and visual interest to any space, indoors or out.
Talavera-inspired ceramic globe sculptures Made of all-natural clay Hand-thrown and hand-painted by Mexican artisans Recalls ceramic tradition derived from fine-art earthenware and porcelain Brings visual interest to any space
Size Small 7" dia. Large 9" dia.
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!