creativity abounds

October 5, 2020

Frances Palmer is a bee keeper and a potter. She grows giant dahlias (some 140 varieties) in her beautiful Connecticut garden, and is a passionate photographer and cook. She studied Art History at Columbia and cut her teeth at print making and knitting before getting into clay. I read an inspiring profile on Palmer in House & Garden today –– her creativity, approach to clay, and life. Of clay she says, “you have to be completely calm. I meet the material part-way. It’s the same with the flowers and bees.” And of her ability to move from one creative endeavour to another, she says, “I’ve trained myself to do many different things in small segments over the course of the day…..Yesterday I began by making a butternut squash cake for our meeting, then I worked on my kintsugi.” It’s always exciting to meet a person so abundantly creative and whose aesthetic is so confident that it manifests in every single thing they create. Have a gander around her home; it really is a labour of love.

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