by Marisa Marcantonio

Best-known for her quirky yet charming handmade all white porcelain vases in unusual shapes, the Connecticut-based artist Frances Palmer has made a foray into terra cotta. Just in time for summer container gardens, I give you her elegant unglazed ceramic designs.  In the tell-tale rich orange hue she has reinvented classic vessels with the addition of deep ridges and pedestal bases. Palmer's newest designs will add a nice amount of the unexpected to your botanical bounty this season.

Succulents in their greens and reds provide a contrast against the terra cotta of No. Two Tom Pots.

No. Five Tom Pot, when a slim cylinder is needed.

Phoebe Terra Cotta Urn sits gracefully filled with bright blooms.

No. Five Terra Cotta Two Handle Urn seems to be just the spot to plant assorted herbs.

No. Six Terra Cotta Urn would look wonderful with ivy with draping tendrils.

Low Footed Bowl, Ferns, is a good option for fruit or as a centerpiece.