After the Jump: Frances Palmer (MP3)

by Grace Bonney

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite artists and all-around inspiring women, Frances Palmer. I was first introduced to Frances’ incredible pottery through a friend of hers, and my former boss at House & Garden, Dominique Browning. Both Dominique and Stephen Orr from H&G were fans of her work and the first time I got to see a piece in person I was blown away. From the moment you hold one of Frances’ vases, platters or bowls, you can immediately tell how much work, thought and love goes into each piece. As whimsical as they are functional, Frances’ pieces are sought after by not just design fans (Martha Stewart owns a great deal of Frances’ work), but collectors and gallerists around the world. Frances was kind enough to drive down from her beautiful Connecticut home and studio to speak with me on air and I’m so glad she did. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to maintaining her unique aesthetic vision is incredibly inspiring. Whether you’re looking to start your own career in pottery or just want to be inspired by someone who’s stayed true to what they love, this is a must-listen interview. Thank you so much to Frances for joining me for the show and if anyone in the tri-state area is free on April 20th, I hope you’ll visit Frances and Amy Merrick at the Westport Terrain for their collaborative vase and floral demonstration.

LISTEN: You can download the podcast on iTunes here, or stream it here on Heritage Radio.

“You have to make what you believe- It has to come from you so genuinely. At the end of the day, what you make has to speak for itself.”
– Frances Palmer on After the Jump

Frances’ top 5 obsessions of the moment (and photos of her work) continue after the jump . . .

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