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Life in the Studio


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Frances Palmer is a potter known for her handmade functional ceramics. Her pieces have been carried by Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neue Galerie, Takashimaya, and the Philip Johnson Glass House, and 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. She lives and works in Weston, Connecticut. Follow her on Instagram @francespalmer.


"Roll-up-your-sleeves advice on throwing pottery, growing dahlias, cooking her tried-and-true recipes, and everything in between."
-Martha Stewart Living

"Though Frances Palmer is best known as a ceramicist, she's a multitalented creative, whose passions include gardening, flower arranging, and entertaining. Her book is appropriately suited to any type of creative, offering up lessons on inspiration and creativity that are sure to bring out your inner talent."
-House Beautiful, Best New Design Books

"The book is filled with Palmer's essays detailing her inspiration, processes, and even failures, interspersed with encyclopedic passages on how to build a pot, create a floral arrangement, or cultivate bulbs (particularly her favorite, dahlias). Peppered within are homey recipes for dishes like roast chicken or almond cake, artfully photographed on some of Palmer's handmade servingware, as well as sections on companion projects like beekeeping."
-Galerie magazine

"Life in the Studio left us breathless with delight. It is instructional, gorgeous, and generous-Frances shares her very personal journey with us, giving a true understanding of her craft and process and happily embracing the unpredictability of her chosen pursuits. . . . A treasure."
-Flower magazine

"This very intimate portrait of a potter, gardener, photographer, and entrepreneur is guaranteed to, as its title insists, inspire. . . . Demands to be viewed again and again and again."
-Booklist, starred review

"This is a glorious and uplifting book. Frances has an overspilling talent for making the world a more generous place through ceramics, gardens, and food. I loved it."
-Edmund de Waal

"I have always loved the craft of Frances Palmer. The pottery she creates is practical and useful, quirky and original, and now, in Life in the Studio, we can see the many ways her work comes full circle: The flowers she grows look amazing in her distinctive vases and pots, as does the food she makes to serve on the plates she fashions."
-Martha Stewart

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

"I need two copies of this beautiful book: one to sit proudly on my bookshelves, and one to follow me to my kitchen and garden, where it will soon get covered in fingerprints, dirt, and spots of water. It will be much used and loved."
-Bunny Williams

"Frances Palmer is as generous as she is talented, an incredible role model for me and so many other creative people. I've been waiting for this book ever since I discovered Frances's work, and it has exceeded all my expectations. The depth of the subject matter, the heartfelt essays, the beautiful photography, and the wisdom that Frances shares are sure to inspire and change lives."
-Erin Benzakein, New York Times bestselling author of Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers

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