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The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica

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Both the forms of mayólica vessels and the imagery depicted on these pieces offer insight into everyday life in Spain and Mexico.

Porringer/ Escudilla
Porringer/ Escudilla
1475-1550, Manises, Spain
International Folk Art
Foundation, Santa Fe
Photo by Paul Smutko
All of these ceramics reveal something about the times in which they were created: the dress of different eras and classes; the types of herbs that were used medicinally and sold in local apothecary shops; the beverages and foods consumed in religious institutions, palaces, and homes. Occasionally a new vessel form indicates a new social custom or practice, such as the mancerina, designed specifically for serving chocolate, a drink introduced to Spanish colonists by the Aztecs. Over the years, mayólica potters have created a valuable record of costume, custom, and diet.

Origins of Mayólica

Trade & Transformation


Daily Life

The Traditional Potter's Workshop

Contemporary Showcase