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.