Ceramic Artist Molly Hatch has been commissioned to produce a monumental three-part installation in the niches in the Engelhard Court. Hatch is known for her murals made up of underglaze-painted porcelain plates, including two major installations at the High Museum in Atlanta. Repertoire will be her largest commission to date, honoring the Newark Museum’s 107-year-tradition of collecting contemporary ceramic art, and commemorating the retirement of Curator of Decorative Arts Ulysses Dietz after 37 years.
This commissioned, large-scale, hand-painted plate painting was inspired by two ca. 1755 Chelsea porcelain factory plates from the High’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics. Molly Hatch’s unique new work re-imagines the original depiction of flora and fauna found in the botanical Physic Garden that neighbored the Chelsea factory and inspired workers in the 1750s.
This Ceramicist Makes Breathtaking Wall-Art Out of Painted Plates
Her largest art installation is comprised of 475 plates.
Any gallery wall is worth marveling for a minute or two. But stop to imagine a different gallery wall: one that is aswirl with ceramic handpainted plates that have been inspired by historical paintings, porcelain, and works of art. The plates are arranged carefully to catch the attention of passerby (it definitely causes us to linger more than a minute or two). One artist, Molly Hatch is reinventing the gallery wall with her own unique medium: ceramic plates.
Off the Walls
Western Massachusetts ceramist, designer, and artist Molly Hatch breaks molds and boundaries.
Approaching Molly Hatch’s ceramic studio on the third floor of Florence, Massachusetts’ Arts and Industry building, every single footstep resounds through the hallways. That’s the way of former mill buildings. This one, solid and comfortable with its little bit of dustiness and roughness, leaves plenty of space for artists to remake its purpose.
Todd Merrill Studio Presents an Eclectic Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Design at Art Wynwood, February 15 – 19, 2018
For the seventh installment of Art Wynwood, Fair Director, Grela Orihuela approached Todd Merrill Studio to help showcase the increasingly viable market for works that straddle the line between fine art and contemporary design. Todd Merrill Studio has built a well-recognized reputation for showing a diverse group of artists, each sharing an underlying drive to push their chosen medium to their absolute aesthetic limits. Their dynamic, unique, and frequently groundbreaking pieces contribute to today’s increasingly relevant gray-space between art and design.