Frances Palmer’s Pearl Collection is just the breath of fresh air I need with the slow arrival of Springtime here in the Northern Hemisphere.

pearlspring

I like to think of Frances’ style as “quirky classical” for its traditional shapes and imperfect details. Made of vitreous china, her pieces are sturdy and casual enough to be used every day. Pressed from molds taken of her hand-thrown prototypes, each one is finished off individually to retain the human touch.

tulipiere

Frances’ handmade collection explores a broad range of shapes, most of them a little wonky, and all with asymmetrical fluting and surprising details.

squash

calder

jesterbud-vases

I had the pleasure of meeting Frances at a spring party held by New York boutique, Abitare last weekend. Her platters and cakestands looked beautiful displaying the gold-flecked, organic, dark chocolate cupcakes by Sarah Magid (yes, that is real gold powder and yes, it was delicious) and the felt creations of Llubav Choy Duerr.

felted-ring-pillows

What a way to usher in the Spring!