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STAFF REPORT


LEBANON TOWNSHIP - Shortly after they met, Tom Travers and Sharon Gonzalez -Travers discovered they shared a love for all things Mexican.

Their mutual passion soon led them to San Miguel de Allende, a colonial city in the mountains of central Mexico, where they came to appreciate the distinctive de- signs of pottery, jewelry, glassware and kitchenware made by local artists.

"We became obsessed together," Tom Travers said, and began to develop an in· terest in the local artwork." That obses- sion has turned into a new business, Tala-
verica, a name taken from the popular style of Mexican pottery known as Tala- vera. The couple now selis, in addition to the brightly colored pottery, recycled hand·blown glassware, copper bowls and
sinks and handmade silver jewelry.

Their life as entrepreneurs started with Travers' post·9/11 trip to Spain. In the spring of 2002. Travers. a captain in the
fire department of Yonkers, N.Y., set out to run with the bulls in Pamplona with a group of fellow firefighters. When he reo turned home, he began researching bull runs and learned it was a COlllmon prac· tice throughout the Spanish·speaking world. When he saw that San Miguel de Allende soon would be be having its own run of the bulls. he set out for Mexico.

When Travers and his future bride, a former public school teacher, met a few years later, he wanted to introduce her to the magical city that he'd discovered four hours north of Mexico City. They were married in 2007, in a ceremony in an old hacienda in Dolores Hidalgo, a nearby city of 55,000 known primarily for its ceramics industry.

Travers' family came from New York, his wife's from her native England. The wedding guests went home laden with platters, bowls and trays, all made by hand in Dolores Hidalgo and nearby villages.

TALAVERICA
Address of business: Home·based online retail
business based in Califon
Type of business: Talavera pottery, hand·blown glass, silver jewelry and copper sinks and bowls
Principals: Tom Travers and Sharon Gonzalez -Travers
How long in business: One year
Number of employees: Two
Telephone number: 908·975·4200
Website: www.Talaverica.com

The seeds were sown for their future business.

Since then the couple has made many return trips to the 5OO·year-old towns of colonial Mexico ~ a part of the country, they said, that most Americans overlook. Last summer they visited Taxco, about 100 miles southwest of Mexico City, and marveled at the abundance of local silver·
smiths.

"There's more to Mexico than beaches,"
Travers said. "The Spaniards built these
cities all over the place 500 years ago. You go into these towns and villages, one village will be a silver -making village. You go down the street to another village and they're all making copper. Another village might be making furniture."

Today Tom and Sharon sell most of their goods over the Internet, aided by a new website - talaverica.com - touting "treasures from colonial Mexico." The Talavera pottery·plates, bowls and mugs are lead·free and dishwasher and microwave· safe. The copper pieces, made by a family with generations of expertise, are individually hand·hammered from 100 percent recycled copper. In addition to the website, Talaverica products are available at Flowers by the River in Califon and at private home parties. Anyone wishing to host a home party can contact the couple through the website.

 

LEBANON TWP. - Shortly after they met, Tom Travers and Sharon Gonzalez-Travers discovered they shared a love for all things Mexican. Their mutual passion soon led them to San Miguel de Allende, a colonial city in the mountains of central Mexico, where they came to appreciate the distinctive designs of pottery, jewelry, glassware and kitchenware made by local artists. "We became obsessed together," Travers said, "and began to develop an interest in the loca1 artwork:" That obsession has turned into a new business, Talaverica, a name taken from the popular style of Mexican pollery known as Talavera. The couple now sells, in addition to the brightly colored pottery, recycled handblown glassware, copper bowls and sinks and handmade silver jewelry. When Tom and Sharon were married in 2007, in a ceremony in an old hacienda in Dolores - Hidalgo a city of 55,000 known primarily for its ceramics industry, Tom's family came from New York, Sharon's from her native England. The wedding guests went home laden with platters, bowls, and trays, all made by hand in Dolores Hidalgo and nearby villages. The seeds were sown for their future business. Since then Tom and Sharon have made many return trips to the 500-year-old towns of colonial Mexico. They sell most of their goods over the Internet, aided by a new web site (talaverica.com) touting "Treasures from colonial Mexico." The Talavera pottery - plates, bowls, and mugs - is lead-free and dishwasher- and microwave-safe. The copper pieces, made by a family with generations of expertise, are individually hand-hammered from 100% recycled copper. In addition 10 the web site, Talaverica products are available at Flowers by the River in Califon and at private home parties.