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An Evening with Potter and Gardener, Frances Palmer

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore are delighted to welcome Frances Palmer. She will discuss her craft, her love of gardening, and creative process. Be prepared to be inspired!

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About Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity

To step into potter Frances Palmer’s world is to be surrounded by the trappings of a life that has been intentionally—and painstakingly—built to maximize creativity. A light-filled, airy studio in which to make her pottery, with a corner always at the ready for her daily photo shoots. Cutting gardens overflowing with flowers to be snipped as inspiration strikes. Shelves of cookbooks to peruse as she plans the menu of her next dinner party, and museum catalogs and art books to pore over when it’s time to imagine a new vessel. After 30 years as an artist and entrepreneur, Palmer has learned how to cultivate a life that brings out her best. Those years have been at once rewarding and challenging, fruitful and fraught, and through it all, she has discovered the things that matter most: determination, routine, prioritization, perseverance, and perspective. She has distilled these hard-won lessons, and more, into her debut book, a manual for current and aspiring creatives.

About Frances Palmer

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 Décor, Martha Stewart Living, The World of Interiors, House & Garden, British House & Garden, and Veranda, among other publications. She is the author of Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity. She lives and works in Weston, Connecticut. Follow her on Instagram @francespalmer.

This event is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. If you would like to buy the book please visit their website.

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