Life in the Studio

Monday, June 14, 2021

2 PM EDT via Zoom

Frances Palmer

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Frances Palmer, renowned potter, gardener, photographer, and best-selling author of Life in the Studio, is known for her handmade functional ceramics.  She lives and works in Weston, Connecticut, and is a member of Connecticut Ceramics Circle.

Her wood fired ceramics are currently part of the Object-Thing, Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM installation at the Luss House in Ossining, New York.  Glenn Adamson writes in the Object-Thing Luss House online exhibition catalog: "Oxblood and oribe glaze; porcelain; wood and fire.  These are the principle ingredients that combine in Frances Palmer's two large-scale vases at Luss House. Bigger than her usual scale, these noble pots fairly burst with life, even without the quince blossoms that she has brought from her Connecticut garden to put into them.  Give yourself the exquisite pleasure of attending closely to their surfaces: the slip-sliding color of Chinese glazes moving into one another, the roseate glow of the wood-fired white porcelain where it's exposed at the base.  Don't miss, either, the other smaller works that Palmer has brought to the proceedings -- among them triple-spouted vases reminiscent of 17th century Delftware tulipieres.  There could be no more satisfying juxtaposition than these earthy objects and the modernist rigor of the house: like Gerald Luss, Frances Palmer really, really knows how to live.  It's a joy to behold."

Frances' pieces have also been included in exhibits at Neue Galerie, Takashimaya, and the Philip Johnson Glass House.  Her work has been featured in T: The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, The World of Interiors, House & Garden, British House & Garden, and Veranda among other publications, and carried by Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman.

Life in the Studio, Frances' first book, was published by Artisan Books in October 2020.  It comprises essays describing her ceramic and garden processes as well as her philosophical ideas about making a creative life, and is, in the words of Edmund de Waal, "a glorious and uplifting book."

In her lecture, Frances will discuss her ceramics, informed by her Art History training, and what inspired her work in earthenware, terra-cotta and porcelain.  Adjacent to the studio are two large cutting gardens, which provide a continual flow of flowers for Frances' photography.  All three aspects of her practice combine to produce her art.  

Follow her on Instagram @francespalmer.

"Frances Palmer's work represents the highest quality in American craftsmanship."

--Aerin Lauder