Vintage El Palomar ceramic teapot set with coffee mugs, Tonala pottery tea set, Ken Edwards Mexican pottery, blue bird mugs tea pot

$126.00

Here we have a blue bird small teapot and set of four mugs from El Palomar in Tonalá, Mexico, a studio made famous by American potter Ken Edwards. Ken Edwards would be about 94 years old now, and the last research I've found on him have him living in Guatemala, although El Palomar is still in operation. Edwards studied his craft in Japan, went to Mexico in 1954 and along with renowned Mexican ceramicist Jorge Wilmot introduced high-fire ceramics-- wares fired at over 1000C which vitrifies the clay and eliminates the need for lead-based glazes--to the Guadalajara area. Wilmot mostly kept local traditional designs although some Oriental influence is mixed in as well, along with Asian glazing processes. Edwards introduced new designs with the techniques. This teapot and mugs are not signed by Edwards but carry the El Palomar hallmark and have different animal and insect symbols, representing different potters. One of the mugs might have been added later, as the piece has a different artist signature than the rest and has the blue dove on a different side with different design on the other. Regardless, all four look great together and with the teapot.

The teapot measures about 4-1/2" tall and 7" across at the widest point, including the handle. Holds 22 ozs when filled to the top. The mugs are 4" tall and 3" in diameter and each holds 8 oz. Minimal crazing, no cracks or chips.

Beautiful Tonalá for display or to start your morning.


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