Frances Palmer crafts pottery that is informed by her love for art history and the tactile. This week on After the Jump, Grace Bonney sits down with Frances to talk about her upbringing and the art of the gathering. Find out how Frances' time in Washington, D.C. and her schooling inspired her to make ceramics. Hear why Frances makes items that are intended to be used, and why dahlias are so present in her work. How do ceramics and gardening interact in her craft? Listen in to hear what artists inspire Frances, and find out why she is taking up an artist residency in China in the next few months! This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods.

"The point is that you want to bring people around the table, have a good time, and have fun!" [9:00]

"At the end of the day, what you make has to speak for itself." [21:30]

"You have to make what you believe... It has to come from you so genuinely." [29:15]

-- Frances Palmer on After the Jump