Terry Grant here. I love, love, LOVE Mexican Talavera pottery. There is something so joyous and festive about it and it is gaudy and wild and usually painted with my favorite warm, rich colors. Years ago on a trip to Mexico I bought a Talavera bowl in the little town of Dolores Hidalgo. This is where they are made.
I wrote about it on my blog. Then I got an email from Kelley Wilkinson, someone I have never met,
nor even know from blogging or email lists. She said, "I live in Dolores
Hidalgo. I will send you another bowl." We corresponded. Her intent was
to find one as close to the other as possible or even arrange to have
one made to copy the old one. Time went by and I didn't hear from her. I
assumed life had gotten in the way or that her initial generous impulse
had come to its senses! But at last I got another email and she said
she was sending the bowl. She said she had not been able to find one the
same shape as the original, but hoped I would like the one she was
sending. When it arrived I was stunned. It was beautiful.
historic hacienda in Mexico that they have turned into an inn and spa. I sent her a small piece of my artwork as a thank you. I look at my beautiful Talavera bowl every day and think of the incredible kindness and generosity of a total stranger. The bowl holds fruit in our kitchen and brightens every day. This morning I set it on the dining room table and did a quick watercolor sketch.