In 2012, I attended a special event which celebrated Donn Zver's 40th anniversary as a potter. To thank his customers for their patronage, Donn Zver hosted a complimentary "Royal Tea" at his Cafe Troy in Troy, Ontario.
The buffet of sandwiches and sweets.
Cafe Troy serves locally-raised food and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
A "Royal Tea" wouldn't be complete without empire cookies!
Queen Elizabeth II would have approved of the guests' pretty tea hats!
The Cafe has gorgeous stained glass windows. You can view the stained glass design in more detail here.
Tea is served from Donn Zver's stoneware teapots.
I love Don Zver's beautiful pottery, but always thought that the pricey pieces were beyond my reach...until this past summer.
I was driving home and passed a house which had several boxes sitting by the curb. My curiosity was piqued so I turned my car around and went back to check out the boxes. I recognized the Donn Zver pattern immediately and couldn't believe that the pieces--all in excellent condition--were being thrown away!
These Game of Thrones-style goblets came home with me...
...as well as these beautiful tankard mugs in my favourite colour: PURPLE!
The Donn Zver backstamp
The tankard mug is twice the size of a standard bone china teacup and perfect for drinking copious amounts of tea during the cold winter.
If you like pottery, come out for a daytrip to rural Southern Ontario and visit the Donn Zver Pottery Studio and Cafe Troy.