In 1996, fresh out of film school, Xenia Taler realized that the movie industry wasn’t quite the right fit and, looking for an outlet for her creative ideas, started putting brush to ceramic at the high-end tile shop where the mother of her then-boyfriend (now husband and longtime business partner) Steven worked. Her grid, zig-zag, and splatter-painted motifs were an instant hit, and, within a few years, the Toronto native had a business—complete with big retail orders—on her hands.
With an editor’s eye for calling the next big thing, Xenia’s evolved her vibe over two decades, moving from shabby chic to bird motifs (hey, it was the early aughts!) to fresh, graphic lines and abstract shapes. She’s also branched out from earthenware squares and now embosses a tightly curated collection of dishware, coasters, and mugs with her sherbet-hued prints. As she says, the challenge is not spreading her wings too wide: “There are so many beautiful things out there all the time, but you have to zero in on a few—otherwise it’s overwhelming for everybody.”