In 1946, when an advertisement ran in a New York newspaper for a sale of Russel Wright’s American Modern dinnerware at the department store Gimbels, buyers lined up around the block. Inside, near riots ensued as consumers battled for gravy boats, creamers, bowls, and saucers. The now iconic ceramics seduced homemakers across the country with their sensuous forms and luscious colors inspired by nature. Wright mass-produced the line from 1939 through ’59, each piece bearing his trademarked signature, and it remains one of the best-selling dinnerware patterns of all time.
Frances Palmer has long been celebrated for her handmade earthenware and porcelain tableware and vases. In gardening circles, the Connecticut artist is equally praised for her green thumb. Now Palmer is expanding her pottery line to encompass both endeavors. Her new vessels are inspired by ancient Greek and Roman models and by one of Palmer’s heroes, early 20th-century American ceramicist George Ohr, known for his abstract figures and organic lines.