I love vending at local markets for so many reasons. While I enjoy being behind my table and selling Zaleska, I also get really excited to sneak out, walk around, and meet new vendors who are infusing their unique work into Vancouver’s artisan scene.

Last Spring, I spotted Tav Studio at Fall for Local. Owner Tanvi Arora’s beautiful coffee cups are what caught my eye, and soon after, her story caught my heart. She and her husband had just moved from Dubai to Vancouver a few months before, in search of change and adventure. She had left her decade-long career as a successful interior designer to create handmade goods with clay. Her professional jump to being an artisan, combined with transitioning to an entirely different culture in a new city, moved me, as I too had made the shift from the safety of a, “traditional job.” Needless to say, I was impressed and inspired by her.

Our collaboration process was light-hearted and fun, and I’m honoured to now have a special piece of her work exclusively available on our website and in-person at markets. This white glazed ring dish is hand-painted with our logo in 22-karat gold and individually hand-shaped and stamped. As someone who leaves my jewelry in places around the home that it really shouldn’t be, I’m thrilled to now have a designated spot for my pieces in the bathroom and beside my bedside table. I wear some of my gold vermeil designs daily and this ring dish is a special place to put my rings/necklaces/earrings before showering or sleeping.

The dishes are handmade in small batches in Tanvi’s studio in Vancouver. I hope you enjoy this little expansion of our brand and the story of how this purpose-driven piece came to be.



P.S. It can also be used to hold a tea bag, bundle of sage, loose change, or spoon rest. The options are endless!

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