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Frances Palmer: From the Garden to the Vase

Frances Palmer is a potter and gardener, working for over 34 years from her home and studio in Weston, Connecticut.

In this talk taking place both in person at the Garden Museum and viewable online, Frances will discuss her ceramics, informed by her art history training, as well as the influence of British gardens and gardeners in her design process. These include most notably, Charleston, Cedric Morris, Constance Spry – famous for her Fulham Pottery vase range, and Rousham. She will illustrate the link between the pots and the flowers she grows for them beginning in early spring and on through to the start of winter.

Frances’ handmade, functional ceramics have been exhibited and sold internationally, and she is often featured in publications including British House & Garden, Elle Decor, House & Garden, T: The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and The World of Interiors.

Frances is also a self-taught photographer, documenting her own floral arrangements in the vessels she makes. A book on her work, Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity, was published by Artisan Books in 2020.

Image: Photos by Frances Palmer, portrait (c) Jane Beiles