An Unexpected Gift:
Handmade Pottery

Favors & Gifts

Photos: Courtesy of Frances Palmer Pottery

Nothing mingles function and art quite like handmade pottery—which is why a carefully selected platter, vase, or set of bowls makes for an excellent wedding gift. Sure, couples will register for their fine china and everyday dishes, but handcrafted ceramics fresh from the kiln lend an added touch of personality to a bride and groom's cupboard. For stunning, top of the line pottery, we love the spirit and quality of work in Frances Palmer's designs. Based in Weston, Connecticut, Palmer creates her irreverently shaped white tableware and accessories knowing that the hand-thrown process leaves a lot to fate. As a set of cups dries, small differences take shape, making each piece a distinctive work of art. It's almost like drinking out of some ancient Greek vessel, and, hey, who doesn't want to do that? —Phillip B. Crook

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