Sculptural wall art with an artisan twist. The perfect replacement for those old horns or boring canvas art on your walls. Our Oversized Talavera Longhorn sculptures will give your walls that splash of color and authenticity they’ve been needing. This large ceramic cow skull is hand painted by the most skilled and talented Talavera artisans of Central Mexico. Decorate your interior or exterior walls with this stunning hand-molded high-fire glazed ceramic sculpture. Each cow-skull sculpture is "free-hand painted" with a mixture of intricate geometric, floral, and cultural patterns that stretch out to the bull's horns blending into a rich red with black tips. The beautiful cow skull patterns, shapes, and colors are influenced by traditional Talavera & Majolica artistry. Ceramic is kiln fired with a glossy durable finish safe for outdoor use, and is fully equipped to hang on wall. Our Large Talavera Longhorn sculptures are available in 3 different patterns Talavera Red, Talavera Turquoise, and Azules. See rest of the patterns in our Shop!
42"wide(distance between the tips of 2 horns) x 15"high(from mouth to tip of horn) x 8"deep(thickness)
The Artisan Process Behind Creating Captivating Wall Art.
This oversized ceramic wall-hanging sculpture is hand molded and sculpted from raw clay each is high-fired in a large kiln. The ceramic sculpture goes through 2 baking process. The 1st bake allows the raw clay to dry and harden before it is hand-painted with Lead Free paint. The 2nd bake is done in high-fire kiln with protective glaze finish. The Glossy protective Glaze coat that is baked on in a high-fire kiln where temperatures reach 1200* - 1500*F. This high firing process allows the Cow Skull to be completely safe for outdoor display year-round. Each sculpture is artisan sculpted and completely hand painted, each piece may vary slightly, fair trade artisan crafted.
A Cultural Artistry, Talavera.
Each Longhorn sculpture is individually painted by renowned Talavera artisans of Guanajuato Mexico. We partner with this group of fair-trade artisans, to create several beautiful pieces of folk-art and home decor. Their technique is inspired by the old-world painting style known as Talavera and Majolica their talent in this artistry has been passed down from one generation to the next.
Talavera style is a popular Mexican style used by crafters from Puebla, Tlaxcala, Atlixco, Cholula, and Tecali. The indicator colors of this Mexican style is usually blue and white, but in recent decades artisans have added yellow, black, green, orange, and mauve to the style color palette. The color palette is made with natural pigments to get the right shades for the pottery.
Areas of Central Mexico like where our Tierra studio is located, within the state of Guanajuato have high quality natural clay which is pulled from the earth and used to create all of our Terra-cotta molds.
Once the various molds are kiln dried the artisans then use a fusion of both Talavera and Majolica painting techniques to embellish our sculptures, bowls, pots and more with vibrantly colored geometric and floral patterns. Both Talavera and Majolica painting techniques originated in Spain but greatly expanded when brought to Mexico and have continued grow with every new generation of artisans since the 16th century. The Tierra Collection celebrates this artisan tradition and every piece of Earthenware we create is lead free, intended to be used and enjoyed both indoor or outdoor.