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Pottery that brings Vermont charm to home and garden

May 17, 2013 03:00 PM  

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Farmhouse Pottery founder Zoe Zilian at good boutique in Boston with her line of Hutch+Pantry gift sets.

There is nothing quite as magical and charming as rural New England, and Zoe Zilian, founder of Farmhouse Pottery, can help to bring a little bit of that authentic rustic feel to your home with her stoneware pottery and garden-inspired apothecary collection.

Originally from Camden, Maine, Zilian has an appreciation of the regionís vast network of farmers and artisans. She brings a fusion of these New England characteristics to her work, recently available at good boutique in Bostonís Beacon Hill.

Farmhouse Pottery is operated out of her home-studio in Woodstock, Vermont, where she works with two master potters and a master perfumer. Zilian is responsible for the design of her stoneware tabletop collection and does the hand-dipped glazing herself.

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A table for two set with Farmhouse Pottery tabletop stoneware.

Much of her tabletop pottery features the organic feel of a homemade hand-dipped piece. The stoneware collection includes provincial home staples such as a windrow berry bowl, farmerís pitchers, milk jug vases, and a great, multi-use confit jar.

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Youíll recognize the Farmhouse Pottery collection by the signature stamp on each product. Zilian does all of her own illustrations and graphic design.

But despite the name, Farmhouse Pottery isnít all about hand-thrown ceramics. Zilian also has a passion for creating garden scents that last year round. Her ďCultivate & GardenĒ candles come in luscious floral aromas such as gardenia and lavender and will make any home smell like a New England garden.

Her apothecary line also includes lavender bath salts made with essential and natural oils, organic hydrating body milk, and home-pressed soaps that smell like a fresh bouquet of flowers.

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Herbs including parsley, thyme and Rosemary grown in Farmhouse Pottery stoneware garden pots can perk up a city windowsill.

Zilian is zealous about being true to the New England experience -- almost everything she uses in her products is sourced within 20 miles of her Vermont home. Her Hutch+Pantry line offers gift sets that include a hand-made honey pot paired with Vermont-farmed honey and a small barrel pitcher with Vermont-farmed maple syrup that Zilian retrieved from a local evaporator herself. For her stoneware saltcellar, she goes a bit farther a field by filling it with freshly harvested sea salt from the coast of Maine.

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A display set up at good boutique of dip-glazed and hand-hewn vases from Farmhouse Pottery.

The inventory at good is a rare, if welcome by us urban dwellers, foray outside of the Green Mountain State for Zilian and her products, which are mostly sold in Vermont. You can find them at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont Farm Table in Burlington, and the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe. But they are also available through the Farmhouse Pottery website.

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An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.

Gail Ravgiala is editor of Design New England and a fan of both the region's historic architecture and its growing inventory of modern houses and public buildings.

Courtney Kasianowicz is associate editor of Design New England who scouts the area for new design, charming products, and local artisans both innovative and daring.

Jill Connors, Design New England's editor-at-large, is an antiques maven and design scout and will post about trends and discoveries in the field.

Bruce Irving, Design New England's contributing editor for architecture & building, is a renovation specialist who will share his insights on design and construction.

Estelle Bond Guralnick, Design New England's style & interiors editor, will post about interior design and interior designers and her favorite finds.

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