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Cultivating Place: On Creativity: Life In The Studio (& Garden) With Frances Palmer

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This week we kick off October with a dive into creativity – the way gardeners harness it, riff off it, and share its results forward with the larger world – and I am so pleased that our first creative in this exploration is the potter Frances Palmer, a previous guest on the program, one of the 75 women featured in my book The Earth in Her Hands, and a fantastic inspiration for any gardener maker out there.

 

In a world that needs a great deal from us right now, we can almost never go wrong by igniting our creativity.

 

Frances is a gardener, a knitter, a cook, a bee-keeper, and a businesswoman. Her one of a kind hand made pottery is a joy to the eye, the hands, and the heart – as full of personality as it is functional and beloved around the world. Thirty years into her career, her first book – Frances Palmer: Life in the Studio inspiration and lessons on creativity publishes October 6th by Artisan Press. She joins me this week from her studio in Connecticut.

 

 

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All photos from Frances Palmer: Life in the Studio (Artisan, 2020) all rights reserved.

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.