Mexican Ceramic Sinks
Answers to most frequently asked questions about Mexican Talavera Sinks.
1. Are the bowls durable?
Yes, the bowls are very durable. Thanks to a centuries-old technique of making the product, high quality materials and a careful process of manufacturing, the basins are exceptionally durable. The quality of the bowls has been certified by a European Certificate of Safety (CE mark). The bowls have undergone laboratory tests for heat resistance, staining, abrasion and scratching. We would also like to inform you that the bowls are made from ceramics and as always with products made from such a material they might get damaged due to improper use.
2. Are the designs on the bowls resistant to abrasion?
Yes, the designs on the bowls are resistant to mechanical and chemical damage. Since each element of the design is made with use of paint, which is at the same time part of the glaze, the designs are resistant to abrasion and scratching. In case of scratching the surface of the bowl (unfortunately, titanium coating for basins has not been invented yet), the design remains intact due to the fact that the bowl was covered with a thick layer of paint/glaze.
3. Are the sinks safe for health?
Yes, our bowls are safe for your health. All the materials and substances used in the process of manufacturing the bowls are of natural origin. The pigments included in the glaze are lead-free.
4. Do the sinks have an overflow hole?
Yes, all the ceramic bowls in our shop (excluding Round Vessel Sinks) have got an overflow hole.
5. What is the size of the drain hole?
All the ceramic wash basins have got a standard size drain hole.
6. What does the process of producing Talavera type wash basins look like?
The process of manufacturing Talavera bowls starts from mixing two kinds of clay. The mixture remains in water to soak, so that the quality of the clay improves and it is possible to shape it. After soaking the clay, the remaining water is drained, all impurities get removed and then the clay is kneaded with feet. Pieces of the clay are then placed in moulds (depending on the type of a bowl) and a bowl shaped in this way will dry for eight up to twelve weeks. The first burning of the clay takes place at a temperature of 850 degrees. Each bowl is covered with natural ceramic glaze, which imparts characteristic glow and colour to it. After putting on glaze, the bowls are hand painted with the use of paints prepared from mineral pigments. The bowls are then fired again, but this time at a temperature of 1050 Celsius degrees so that they obtain final durability and beauty.
7. Is it possible to see your wash basins in a regular store?
At present we do not run a offline store. However, in the nearest future we are going to exhibit individual products in the largest bathroom showrooms in Poland so that it would be easier for our customers to make a decision.
8. Will the basin be exactly like the one in the photograph?
Due to the fact that each bowl is hand painted (the design is also put on by hand) and each of them is unique, the bowl delivered to you may slightly differ from the one shown in the photograph. The differences may be visible only in tiny details of the design.
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