Thursday, January 29, 2015

Re-centering

This photo from the summer perfectly captures the peace and quiet of my home studio that fosters the making of my work. It reminds me of the time I had set aside to work on my surface book, and how great that felt earlier this year.

With the recent move of my ceramic studio to a new building at the beginning of January, I am facing the challenges of setting up my studio to best meet my needs. I have forgotten the little challenges that arise when moving into a new space--and in re-arranging an existing space (I have kept my home-studio for drawing and painting and computer work). I have been working to rewire to make kilns work, finding enough chairs and work tables, drapes for projecting--and even negotiating relationships with my new neighbors (last week I dumped a bucket of water and it went right through my floor onto my downstairs neighbor! Not exactly how I had envisioned meeting her!).

I'm working hard to settle into two new studio spaces with a new making routine in each and at a time when I'm busier and more in demand than ever both with my one of a kind artwork and with my brand. Today, I'm feeling overhwhelmed by all that is going on--but also thankful I have so much choice and so many opportunities in an art career that is supporting me and my family.

I have reached a point where I'm having to pull back from saying "yes" to so much and start advicating for a bit more balance. This is such a scary place to be--saying "no" or "not now" always feels like I'm shutting a door on a great opportunity. Intellectually I understand that my fear of shutting doors on opportunities shouldn't govern my decisions, but in reality it sometimes does. I am going to continue to strive to re-center myself and push aside this fear. While I don't believe true balance is achievable, I do believe that I can start to trust that my business is going to continue to support me and that setting aside enough time for each project I'm working on will result in good work and good designs....wish me luck!


Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year, Progress in New Studio

It's been a bit since my last post--trying to write more on the blog this year to keep you informed of what's happening over here!

I wanted to share these shots of the new studio coming along! Oliver (husband) has been working hard evenings and weekends to make this new studio work well.  After a month we are almost done and firing our first kiln load tomorrow!

I will post more images of this studio in its more final state next week--as well as what my home studio looks like--which is where I do all my design work and 2-D artwork. More soon!





Thursday, January 15, 2015

From Hand to Screen to Surface

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I am delighted to be able to share this video clip from my Creative Live online class "From Hand to Screen to Surface" which I recorded back in October of 2014. 

Here is a short description of the class:

Many designers are so well-versed in the art of working digitally that the idea of creating things by hand can feel daunting – but it doesn’t have to. Join Molly Hatch for Pattern Design: From Hand to Screen to Surface and revisit the tactile experience of making images.
Handcrafted artwork and patterns can open new doors for you – both creatively and professionally. In this course, you’ll learn how to develop a creative process that combines hand work with digital to get results you and your clients will love. You’ll learn how to:
  • Create repeat patterns by hand, using cut paper and block repeats
  • Scan and adjust patterns in Photoshop
  • Hand-color line art to capture unique textures
  • Give companies and clients the handmade look they’re craving
If you’re ready to make your designs more unique, more appealing to clients, and more of a reflection of who you are as a designer, this is the course for you!

A lot went into the making of the 8hr class--there are great downloadable bonus materials, including step by step instructions for the two pattern making techniques I demonstrate. The section of the day that I enjoyed the most was discussing ways to get your work published and how to find companies to work with in several short interviews I did with an Editor at Chronicle Books, Art Director at Blend Fabrics and an interview with a buyer from Anthropologie!

Here are some shots from behind the scenes of filming the live class back in October:





And some fabulous results from students in the class:




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THINK BIG! 6 Week online e-series Registration Open!

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Earlier this fall, I began planning an online lectures series with Ben Carter of the fabulous podcast "Tales of a Red Clay Rambler." We have developed an awesome lineup of people we know and admire in the field of ceramics and beyond to talk through big ideas with you!

Have you ever wanted to collaborate with a big company like Anthropologie? Publish a book? Sell more of your work? Well you are in the right place. Join us for THINK BIG! 


In today's art market, artist's have to be more than just makers. We are makers, marketers, sales people, web designers, and a so much more. Think Big! is a six week series of interviews with successful ceramic artists, art agents, dream clients and book editors. This series of interviews are designed to help you build the skills you need to expand your creative business, learn some tricks of the trade and think beyond the traditional methods of reaching your market.

SIGN UP BEFORE JANUARY 6th, 2015 for and EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE OF $99! AFTER JANUARY 6th, 2015, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP THROUGH TO THE FINAL DAY for $149!


How it works:

Each week we will send you a link to an interview with a new guest. Each week has a themed conversation around a topic that will help you think through and navigate ways to sell your work, market your work, find new audiences through social media and collaborations with larger compaies and even how to get yourself published. These interviews are available at your own pace, the discussion groups will be ongoing while the series is up. The lectures will become available once a week, after the 6 weeks of the lectures being posted, you will have an additional 6 weeks to access the lectures and bonus materials.
We encourage participants to discuss the videos each week with a prompted discussion group online, where you can connect with other members of the series and have a community discussion about the topics that come up for you each week. Ben and Molly will be watching the group discussions as well as joining in. The discussions are ongoing and accessible throughout the entire series, so you can participate at your own pace.
In addition to the video interviews and discussions each week we will include downloadable bonus material in the form of a series of worksheets. The worksheets are for you to keep and work through at your own pace. By the end of the six weeks, you will have gathered many thoughts and ideally will have a clear direction moving forward in your creative business--on to BIG THINGS!

OUR GUESTS:

Interview Week 1: Choosing your Audience with guest MEREDITH HOST


Meredith Host was born and raised in Detroit Rock City and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2001. Meredith has spent time at numerous ceramic residencies including The School for American Crafts at RIT in Rochester, NY, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, and Dresdner Porzellan Manufactory in Dresden, Germany. At Watershed, Meredith was the 2005 Salad Days Artist where she designed and produced 500 salad plates for their annual fundraiser. In 2008, she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from The Ohio State University. In 2011, Meredith was named one of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)Emerging Artists as well as one of the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists. Meredith lives in Kansas City, MO where she is a full time studio potter & also works on her foldedpigs commercial line. She feels really awkward writing in the 3rd person.

Interview Week 2: Effective Communication in the Marketplace and better use of social media with guests KLEIN REID

KleinReid is a small, design-driven studio producing finely crafted work from their New York City studio for over twenty (20!) years.  Their hand-made work incorporates a variety of time-honored studio and industrial techniques. Their dense, translucent porcelain is hand-mixed from their own recipes. Their glazes complement their refined forms. Every new collection elegantly conveys goals that have remained consistent since KleinReid's inception: thoughtful design, fine craftsmanship and lasting beauty.

Interview Week 3: Selling in the Digital Age: Etsy with guest Whitney Smith


Whitney states: "My relationship with clay began in 1994 with my first wheel-throwing class at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.  I had an instant rapport with clay, and I spent my first years as a potter single-mindedly pursuing a mastery and understanding of my new love. Early on, I was lucky enough to work for other professional ceramic artists where I learned not only the basics of running a production ceramic studio, but given a window into a world where people supported themselves making their art. In 2000, I finally made the leap into full-time ceramic artist, working solely for myself, making the work I love to make. It has been, and continues to be, an incredible journey where I am constantly challenged by my chosen medium to always be better, learn more, and to meet the peculiar demands of being a full-time artist in the world."

Interview Week 4: Licensing with guest Arlene Scanlan

ARLENE SCANLAN, Co-Founder Moxie & Co
Between the two of them, Moxie’s founding partners, Arlene Scanlan and Laura Becker have more than 50 years combined experience in the licensing industry. From their work on building classic properties like Peanuts and Garfield right through to a more recent collaboration with Urban Outfitters on a custom bike and Cole Haan on an exclusive MTA advertising partnership, Moxie & Company is truly the culmination of the knowledge, experiences, skills and successes that the principals have gathered in their journey along the sometimes turbulent, but always exciting, licensing super highway. In building Moxie & Company and the properties they represent, they have focused on extending their valuable iconic brand assets into lucrative franchises that endure.

Interview Week 5: Publishing a book with guest Mary Ann Hall

MARY ANN HALL, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, QUARRY BOOKS AND ROCKPORT PUBLISHERS
Mary Ann is an experienced publishing professional specializing in innovative, illustrated art and technique books. For 12 years, she led the art and crafts publishing program for Quarry Books and is currently editorial director for Quarry Books and Rockport Publishers developing books on art, crafts, design, artisan food and lifestyle topics. Currently based in Shaker Heights, Ohio, she is a Midwesterner who has lived the largest part of her life elsewhere and an urbanite who loves to hang out in woods. As a serial enthusiast, she enjoys many creative pursuits, including Burmese cooking, zydeco dancing, hiking, hot yoga, painting, reading, and having adventures with her children.

Interview Week 6: Collaboration with guest Jennifer Rome

Jennifer Rome Head of Artist Collaborations: Anthropologie Home

Anthropologie is a multi-channel lifestyle brand that sells women’s clothing and accessories, home furnishings, found objects, gifts and d├ęcor. Anthropologie products are an expression of our customer's appreciation for artfulness and good design. To that end, our buyers and designers travel the world to uncover special products and to collaborate with talented artisans. Jennifer Rome has worked as a buyer and head of artist collaborations at Anthropologie for over 9 years. Jennifer oversees all artist collaborations in the home category at Anthropologie.


When it ends...

You will have access to this series for 6 additional weeks beyond the posting of the final interview. So, if you are busy (like the rest of us!) and you cant watch the videos the day they are posted, DO NOT FRET! You will have access to all of the content for six week after the final lecture is posted! You can access the content at your own pace!

REGISTER NOW! EARLY BIRD only $99!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Molly Hatch coming to SF Makeshift Society!

For a long time I have been a big fan of Rena Tom and all that she had been up to since starting her retail shop Rare Device, to writing her recent e-book Retail Readiness (which I highly recommend for those of you considering wholesale!). Rena is the founder of the Makeshift Society--a coworking space and organization designed for creative freelancers and independent business owners with locations in San Francisco and Brooklyn.


I am very excited to announce that I have organized a workshop for the first time at Makeshift San Francisco--coming up soon: November 8th, 11am-2pm. It will be over a brown bag lunch and lots of tea. I hope you will come and join me, members get 15% off!

Register HERE: http://legacy.makeshiftsociety.com/event/meaningful-marketplace-118-1100am-200-pm/


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Molly Hatch for blend fabrics!

I am so very excited to have some of my favorite patterns made into my very first collection of quilting fabrics! I grew up in a household of makers, and sewing was something introduced to me at a very young age. While I don't have much time to dedicate to sewing in my day to day, I am very excited to play with making lots of fun items for my home with the fabrics that blend has collaborated with me to make!

CLICK HERE to view full collection and learn about purchasing, see images below for a sneak peek--many more on the blend site!







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chasing Paper Collaboration!

Earlier this year I was in touch with sisters Elizabeth and Annie Rees, co-founders of Chasing Paper. Elizabeth, Annie and I were all equally enthusiastic to collaborate to create my first collection of removable wallpaper and its now available for wholesale and retail!

I first came across Chasing Paper's amazing removable wallpapers when they were featured HERE on the Design*Sponge blog last year. Just last month Elizabeth Rees was featured on Design*Sponge with a lovely interview HERE.

Come by Chasing Paper's booth at NY NOW August 16th when I will be at the booth getting behind my new goods!
Elizabeth Rees of Chasing Paper

Perfect Plaid--comes in a ton of colors!

Star Bright--I can't wait to put the pink into my daughter's room!

Flower Power

Star Bright

Perfect Plaid in a lovely understated Grey.

Flower Power!