Thursday, February 27, 2014

Molly Hatch's Physic Garden in Atlanta Journal

I just wanted to share with you a recent piece in the Atlanta Journal about my upcoming installation for the High Museum--I am getting excited for the long drive to Atlanta and having the piece up!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Molly Hatch in Harper's Bazaar!

I just got my copy of the March Issue of Harper's Bazaar and I am so delighted to see my work on page 392! The article I am included in is a lovely feature on the home of my favorite clients ever--Keith Johnson and Glen Senk. The couple recently bought and renovated a West Village home and did such an incredible job. I am flattered to be a part of their home and the feature!

Plates Plates Plates!

With just under two weeks until my departure for Atlanta to install "Physic Garden", there's been a lot of glazing and firing going on! Just about every horizontal surface in the studio is covered in plates.
A batch of plates getting their first coat of clear glaze. Each plate gets three coats. The backs are glazed too!

Each plate is coded with letters and numbers so I know its position within the grid.  After the glaze firing, the plates get a wire loop secured with a metal crimp to hang them from. 

And a sneak peek at a little cluster of four finished glazed plates! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

High Museum Project update

Progress continues over the last few weeks in the studio. 3/4 of the piece is now painted! Only 2 panels remain to be painted.
Progression of a central panel.

These two panels were completed this past week--lots of late nights painting made fast progress! 

In the process of thinking through the hanging of the plates and discussions with preparators at the High, I pulled together my installation instructions last week and I will share those images as well as glazing and firing images with you mid-week this week.

The press release went out earlier this week:


Two-story tall installation commissioned by the High and inspired by works in the Museum’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2014 The High Museum of Art has commissioned contemporary ceramicist Molly Hatch to present Physic Garden,a two-story tall, hand-painted “plate painting,which reinterprets works from its renowned decorative arts and design collection.

On view starting March 15, the plate painting” will be installed in the High’s Margaretta Taylor Lobby and will be comprised of 475 plates featuring an original design inspired by two ca. 1755 Chelsea Factory plates from the Museum’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics, which totals more than 300 works.

The historic source plates depict realistic flora and fauna in the Chelsea “Hans Sloane” style of the early 1750s. The influential Chelsea Physic Garden, a botanical garden founded by the Society of Apothecaries in London in 1673, was leased by collector Hans Sloane and likely inspired neighboring factory porcelain decorators.

The High’s installation will be the largest ever produced by Hatch, who has worked on previous projects with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Hatch also designs her own line for national clothing, accessories and home décor retailer Anthropologie.

“I am thrilled to work with such a talented contemporary artist as Molly and to have the outcome be such a dynamic and monumental acquisition for the High. One of the most exciting aspects of Physic Gardenis seeing the historic decorative arts and design collection through the lens of a creative young artist. We can’t wait for our visitors to experience this new work as well as revisit our important and beloved collection of English ceramics,” says Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design at the High.

Hatch often sources historic works to make a contemporary counterpart, however this project marks the first time she is sourcing historic decorative arts to create a site-specific “plate painting.” To create the “plate painting,” Hatch digitally altered high-resolution images of the surface decoration of the source material to draft a new composition. She altered the original color, scale and composition of the Chelsea designs and then projected the new images onto 475 dinner plates (each 9.5 inches in diameter). She then hand-painted each plate using the projected image as a guide.

The complete installation will measure approximately 22 feet high by 17 feet wide. The Chelsea source plates are also on view in the High’s permanent collection Gallery 200, which patrons may visit to view the historic material. The High is acquiring the piece, which can re-installed by the Museum at future dates in smaller incarnations or in other locations.

“I encourage the viewer to see ceramics as a part of the fine art continuum viewing plates as one would view a painting,” said Hatch. “For this installation, I’ve re-worked the surface imagery to create a new composition that reflects the historic. The artwork becomes an exploration of the relationship between the historic and the contemporary crossing over categories of decorative art, design and fine art.”

About Molly Hatch

Born in 1978, the daughter of a painter and a dairy farmer, Molly Hatch divided her childhood between physical labor, play and creating art. She studied drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics and receiving her bachelor’s degree of fine arts from the Museum School in Boston in 2000. After several ceramic residencies and apprenticeships in the U.S. and abroad, she received her master’s degree of fine arts degree in ceramics at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2008. In 2009, she was awarded the Arts/Industry Residency in Pottery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, which laid the foundation for her career as an artist designer. Hatch works from her home studio in Northampton, Mass., on everything from designing and illustration to one-of-a-kind pieces. Her work has been widely collected and commissioned and is exhibited nationally and internationally at art fairs and museums. Hatch’s work has also been widely licensed in partnership with Anthropologie, Galison, Chronicle and other companies for homeware and stationery products. Her work has been featured in numerous publications from House Beautiful magazine to online publications such as Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. For the last two years, Hatch has been teaching a Tableware course at Rhode Island School of Design. She also teaches ceramic and illustration workshops across the country as well as online courses through Creativebug. Her first book will be released in 2015.

High Museum of Art

The High is the leading art museum in the Southeastern U.S. With more than 14,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk art and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists. For more information about the High, visit

The Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not- for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, visit

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Progress Report: High Museum

I am now well into the painting of my plates for my installation in the High Museum lobby in March. One panel is complete, fired and ready to go and I am almost finished with the second panel--only 6 more to go!

Here are some images of the process on the first panel:
What you see here is the projector overlaying the blank plates. Each panel for the piece is roughly 60 plates!

The plates take up one entire wall of my studio, requiring the full size of my studio space for the right scale of projection. Even then, the piece has to be painted in 8 sections in order to be completed!

I am working up the paintings as one would on canvas, painting in layers of color. Each layer builds a richer color and line. Here you can see a lighter blue underpainting of the flower. Below the flower is complete with 2 additional layers of underglaze.
This is the first panel of 8 complete before firing. The plates are removed form the wall at this stage and glazed by hand, then fired to completion. Keep an eye out next week for an update on panel two, this time I will include images of the glazing process!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Public Lecture and demo at Harvard!

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Workshop with Molly Hatch

Presented By Ceramics Program
Location: Ceramics Studio


Date/Time: Monday 2/3 10:00 AM
Demonstration: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Slide Presentation: 5:00pm – 6:00 pm

This event is free for Harvard Students, $25 for those enrolled in a course, $75 for Adults not enrolled in a course. Seats are limited. 

Description of the Event

Join internationally recognized ceramic artist and designer Molly Hatch for a day of demonstration and conversation. Learn how to translate 2-D patterns and images into both surface decoration and form. In addition to demonstrating hard-slab construction, this demonstration will cover a wide range of techniques for learning to draw and paint on the surface of clay. 

Techniques covered: Mishima (Japanese Slip Inlay), Sgraffitto (slip carving), shellac resist as well as the use of commercial and non-commercial underglazes on bisqueware. Each participant will go home with instructional handouts regarding glaze recipes, material sources and step-by-step descriptions of some of the techniques demonstrated.

This event is free for Harvard Students, $25 for those enrolled in a course, $75 for Adults not enrolled in a course. Seats are limited. 

To register, go here or email Shawn Panepinto

For questions regarding the workshop, email Kathy King

Artist Biography: 

Molly Hatch was born in 1978, the daughter of a painter and an organic dairy farmer, Hatch’s childhood was divided between physical labor, play and creating art. Hatch studied drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics and received her BFA at the Museum School in Boston in 2000. After several ceramic residencies and apprenticeships in the US and abroad, she received her MFA in ceramics at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2008. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Arts/Industry Residency in the Pottery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, which laid the foundation for her career as an artist designer with many retailers worldwide. Hatch’s work has been widely collected and commissioned and exhibited at art fairs nationally and internationally. Hatch is currently preparing for a major installation of her work at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in February 2014 and has two forthcoming books to be published in the spring of 2015 with Quarry and Chronicle publishers. Since 2012, Hatch has been a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. Hatch works from her home studio in Northampton, MA and is represented by Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary in NYC.

Filed Under: Visual Arts

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Creativebug Giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations to Sarah Horn! Sarah and a friend will each get a 3-month subscription for free to Creativebug!

Thanks to all who participated yesterday!

Happy New YEAR!