Frances Palmer knows how to create magic at her potter’s wheel, but she applies that same passion to her cutting gardens (especially dahlias), floral arrangements, and photography. Her new book Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity (Artisan, 2020) 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.
Her goal is to “encourage others to follow their own artistic paths.” Frances readily admits that her approach is not the only way: “It is my hope that in distilling strategies developed over nearly three decades of creative pursuits, I will be able to offer insight anyone can adapt for their own imaginative adventures.” She accomplishes this in spades and in prose as graceful as her pottery and lifestyle. With some favorite recipes and beekeeping tips thrown in for good measure, Life in the Studio is indeed a treasure.
Scenes from the Book
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By Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by Frances Palmer
Signed copies of Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity (Artisan, 2020) are available at francespalmerpottery.com
Bonus: Dahlias Puzzle
Puzzles have helped us while away many a socially distanced hour during Covid-19, and we could not be more excited to begin piecing this one together.
Commemorating the Fall 2020 publication of Frances’s book, Artisan released a 750-piece puzzle featuring one of her vibrantly lush dahlia photographs. Dahlias Puzzle ($30), available at flowermagshop.com