Product Care &
Our metal is intended to rust. This is the nostalgia behind our business. Rust can be admired, or the process can be slowed by purchasing a clear-coat spray can application from most home improvement stores. If an item is already rusted, it can be sealed and sprayed by the end-consumer. We recommend that this process be done if the desire is to preserve the metal art work as it is at the time of purchase. In tropical climates, this process is recommended anually or twice a year if we have had an abnormally humid or rainy season. Metal rusts very quickly in the tropical regions.
Small items require little-to-no maintenance. If used outdoors, please clean with a mild household detergent. Over a long period of time, a crackle-like appearance shows on the glazed surface when exposed to the elements. Clean Talavera art as necessary.
On large Talavera pottery items, we recommend filling the bottom of the pot with empty bottles or recylcled plastics before adding potting soil. This method keeps the heavy pottery from becoming too cumbersome to move, the roots of your new plant(s) will wrap around plastics, and this method also prevents damp or wet soil from sitting in the bottom of your new Talavera pottery.
Customers living in areas where temperatures reach freezing 32 degrees Farenheight or lower are encouraged to bring their Talavera pottery indoors during hard freezes.
Small items require little maintenance. If used outdoors, please clean with a mild household detergent. Over a long period of time, a crackle-like appearance shows on the glazed surface. Clean as necessary.
Customers living in areas where temperatures reach freezing 32 degrees Farenheight or lower are encouraged to bring their ceramics indoors during hard freezes.
If using our wood or furniture products, please consider that our wood and furniture is considered "limited exposure". Yes, use it outiside!
But please keep our wood products under cover. Please seal it over the seasons. Direct sunlight and/or humidity will cause the paint finish on the furniture to change color over time. The intention is that it transitions from "brand new" to weathered and takes on a distressed look all of its own. The older it gets, the more beautiful it becomes.
Clay and Chimneas:
Chimneas require the most product training. Never burn wood or debris in a wet Chimnea. Please always keep 4" to 5" of DRY sand or Lava Rock in the bottom of your Chimnea. This prevents heat damage and will prevent cracking of your clay chimnea. We highly recommend caps - a metal cap allows heat to escape and is decorative. A clay cap prevents water from collecting in the bottom of the Chimnea.
Please never allow water collection in the bottom of your Chimnea. A wet Chimnea is likely to crack or change color over time.
Please care for your clay.
For indoor use only, the finish is a surface finish only. Do not allow this product to be sold for any use other than indoor / climate controled decor.