Blending Mexican Artistry with 3D Printing: The Talavera Project


The Talavera Project, a joint venture between MANUFACTURA and Uriarte Talavera, fuses traditional artistry with modern technology. Having been founded in 1824, Uriarte Talavera is a symbol of Mexico’s rich cultural history, as it is the pioneer Talavera manufacturer in the nation.

Currently located within a historical Puebla mansion in the heart of the city, Uriarte Talavera upholds age-old tinware manufacturing techniques, recognized as a part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Nevertheless, the workshop is grappling with issues of slowdown and excessive waste within its legally safeguarded production routine.

The main goal of the project is to create a balance between tradition and innovation by blending handcrafted artistry with technological revolution, specifically through robotic 3D printing. By combining “high tech” and “low tech” elements, the initiative seeks to reshape our understanding of “tech” as a whole.

The 80-piece column takes center stage. (Image Credit: Arturo Arrieta, Enrique Aguilar, Dinorah Schulte)

Comprising two key components, the project addresses Uriarte Talavera’s concerns. Firstly, an 80-piece column (shown above), replicated from a mold based on a 3D printed piece, showcases a conscious evolution that honors heritage while embracing modernity. Secondly, the process emphasizes water’s pivotal role, particularly in creating the iconic cobalt blue hue synonymous with Talavera.

The Talavera Project illustrates a sustainable approach that respects tradition while integrating innovation, signifying a step towards the future of cultural preservation and technological integration in craftsmanship.

The project smoothly unites traditional Talavera craftsmanship with robotic 3D printing, demonstrating a sustainable pathway forward for the conservation of cultural heritage along with the adoption of modern innovation.


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