by Alana Ferrari

Modern Art for Modern Living

Frances Palmer - The Batch Yard

In 2014, we transformed the former Charleston Chew Factory into artistic and contemporary apartment homes. The Batch Yard designers operated meticulously throughout the factory’s renovation process to ensure that every inch of the building would be impressive and inspiring to its prospective occupants, all the way down to the wall art.

Frances Palmer, a well-known Connecticut artist specializing in pottery and ceramics, was one in a group of elite artists hand-picked to create an original hand-crafted work of art to be displayed in the newly-renovated building. Her body of work generally consists of functional earthenware such as dishware and vases, and has been featured in notable publications such as Vogue, House & Garden, House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living.

When she was presented with the project, Palmer decided to utilize her expertise in earthenware to construct a monochromatic pattern on white tiles. The artist said she was immediately inspired by an idea of a wall of patterns, adding that each tile would be slightly different because they would all be hand-rolled and hand-cut.

“I just love the idea of the scale of something vertical, something installed, something permanent,” she commented.

Palmer’s piece provides a lasting softness to the building’s industrial look and feel, bringing a man-made uniqueness to the architectural details of The Batch Yard Apartments. To learn more about Frances Palmer, check out, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

For more about Frances and the entire design team that helped to create The Batch Yard, check out this video!