If you go to the city of Talavera de la Reina in Spain, on the western side of the Toledo province, you’ll find countless ceramic factories, large and small.
Talavera is internationally known for ceramics and pottery, and the majority of its factories cater to either mid-level tableware retailers or perhaps more frequently, the tourist trade. What was once a city dominated by highly skilled craftsmen that created spectacular ceramic pieces by hand is now essentially an industrial town focused on volume production of traditionally-styled every day ceramics.
But there are still a few holdouts, and among Spaniards that still treasure the historical art of Talavera, Fabrica de Ceramica Artistica Adeva is known to be among the best.
Like most top-flight artisan shops, Ceramica Adeva is a family affair. Pablo Adeva Martín, the family patriarch born in 1931, was a master artisan who studied and apprenticed at the famed Ruiz de Luna school from 1945 to 1961. In 1975 he achieved national fame when he won the National Prize for Ceramic Artistry. Meanwhile his two sons Pablo Jose and Francisco Javier worked alongside their father in the family shop from the time they were children, learning every aspect of ceramic craft from the master himself.
In 1981 Pablo Jose and Francisco Javier officially started the Fabrica de Ceramica Artistica Adeva. Since then it has remained a family business, with their younger sister Maria Yolanda joining in 2000 to help open the family’s own local retail store.
Today, Adeva continues the centuries-old ceramic tradition, techniques and style of Talavera de la Reina.
The Spanish Red is Proud to Represent Cerámica Adeva in the USA
In Early 2014 we will begin offering limited editions, special and unique pieces to our customers in the USA.