Shopping for ceramics in Mexico? Be Talavera savvy.

These blue-on-white ceramics are named for the Spanish town where they originated; authentic Mexican Talavera is produced in Puebla and parts of Tlaxcala and Guanajuato. Look on the back or bottom of the piece for the factory name and state of origin; manufacturers throughout Mexico produce Talavera-style pieces, which should sell for much less.