Studio Tour

Studio Tour: Giselle Potter

by Maxwell Tielman

Illustrator Giselle Potter’s life story reads a bit like a modern fairy tale. She comes from a long line of artists, spent her childhood touring the world with her parents’ puppet theater troupe, and has gone on to have her work published in numerous children’s books and prestigious publications like The New Yorker. It seems to only suit this fabulous narrative, then, that this talented artist would end up living with her family in a quaint farmhouse upstate, working from a light-filled shed on her property. Kept company during the day by her family’s dog, Olive, Giselle spends her work hours surrounded by beautiful things: old paintings, vintage toys, collected oddities, and books. Her work station, a wooden desk flanked by inspiring images, is covered in pencils, inks, brushes, and sketches, the spots of pigment staining the surface only adding to the scene’s charm. Through the lime-green french doors that lead into Giselle’s studio, one can see her gardens, her husband Kieran’s woodworking studio, and the old white house she shares with him. It is a view that feels both serene and inspiring, something that undoubtedly lends itself to Giselle’s lovely and imaginative work. —Max



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  • Great studio, and I love being able to peek into artists’ daily lives with these studio tours… but… where are the lime green doors mentioned in the text above? Or sidekick Olive the dog? Or the view of the gardens?? :-( I wish the photos better represented the whole lovely story in the caption above. (I realize it’s not your fault though, D*S. I assume the accompanying photos were given to you by the artist, and I am grateful that Giselle let us have a peek at her inspiring studio. Just would’ve loved to see those details that were mentioned.)

    • Hi, Kimber!

      I totally understand your sentiments. I’ve gone and added the shot I have of the exterior of Giselle’s studio to the front of the slideshow.

      Oftentimes, I find it helpful for the writing in home/studio tours’ introductory texts to include additional information that might not have made it into the photographs (the beautiful town, neighborhood, gardens that might not yet be in bloom, etc) in order to help paint a richer portrait of the inhabitant and their lives for the reader. If anything, I think that the introductions can help to support and add to what is already supplied by the photographs, in addition to acting as descriptors. I completely get the desire to see more, though, especially with a beautiful space like this one! We certainly welcome any comments in that regard and I’ll keep this in mind going forward when photographing studios!

      In the meantime, we recently ran photographs of Giselle’s home and her husband’s at-home woodworking studio, so those might help to give you some more visual information.



  • This is terrific. I love being able to see where artists make their work. All those bottles of paint and pencils ready to create – and that blue couch ready to support a snooze or some daydreaming. Thank you for sharing.

  • As a long time fan of Giselle’s art work, seeing her studio gives dimension to her and her creative genius!

  • I’m such a silly sod. I was thinking ‘I love the paintings but where is the pottery?’ !! Gorgeous space, beautiful work. thank you!