Who did The New York Times turn to for advice on shopping for pitchers last month? Frances Palmer, of course! We met Frances last year as she was getting ready to show in Atlanta and wanted to have realistic flowers grace her beautiful pottery. Having read so much about this Weston, Connecticut based artist over the years (she really is a darling of the press!), we were honored and thrilled to help.
Frances’ passion is to create one-of-a-kind, irreverently shaped white tableware and accessories (her words, not ours!) and all of her pieces are beautiful yet functional.
Along with her high-end, hand-thrown designs, Frances also launched a collection that is manufactured in upstate New York. Each of the pieces in the Pearl Collection is pressed from molds taken from her hand thrown samples so each retains the whimsical irregularities that is her signature.
Whether you’re setting a casual breakfast table on the terrace or throwing a festive holiday party, a France Palmer design will add elegance and life to any event. We love Frances and her work so we were excited when she agreed to our Q & A.
1. What did you want to be when you were a child?
2. What is your necessary luxury?
Bruno Cucinelli cashmere
3. What is your favorite decorating accessory?
Flowers in my vases
4. Where do you window shop?
5. What makes a house of home?
6. What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
Early morning (6 a.m.) with coffee and the newspaper
7. What is your favorite flower?
The dahlia – I am known as the Dahlia Lama
8. If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
I don’t usually drink cocktails but I would be a glass of Montrachet
9. If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
“The Potter Muse” and I would love to be played by Ingrid Bergman
10. Name one thing from your “Bucket List”
Travel to places I have not been, such as India and Africa
Frances is a true 21st century American artist and we’re happy to call her a wonderful friend!
P.S. Frances is a terrific cook and each month she posts a great recipe on her website, www.francespalmerpottery.com. You can shop online, too!
All photos from Frances Palmer