Tuesday, February 5, 2013

the magnificent molly hatch!

That Molly Hatch insignia is becoming a household icon. Each time I stroll through Anthropolgie and pick up a dish or bowl I love, nine times out of ten it's one of Molly's pieces. An artist-designer from Northampton, MA, she began her career as a studio potter and grew to using her love of drawing and painting to design everything from fabric patterns, glassware, furniture, rugs, lamps, in addition to her primary love of working with clay. (You've seen her product line for Anthropologie, yes?) Her work is heavily inspired by historic trends in fabric, font, ceramics, print and furniture, often combining history and the contemporary with a witty use of scale, palette and a sense of humor. She is clearly a multi-talented, world renown lady and it is the most special treat that she'll be joining us in Boulder in just a few months. We are thrilled to be the host for her debut workshop ~ Word Play ~ and can't wait for her lucky students to soak up every bit of incredible insight she'll be sharing. Molly's beautiful creative energy is contagious and it's truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take her workshop. We have no doubt that her students will come away more inspired than ever! 

Meet the magnificent Molly below. 


What is your favorite food obsession right now? 
I am actually falling in love with tea for the first time! I have always been a coffee drinker and I recently took a shine to Tea Guys Vanilla Chai—it’s a tiny little company local to me and they hand-blend all of their flavors in 50lb batches. The ingredients they use are gorgeous and the flavors are strong, which I LOVE!

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always knew I was going to be a maker of some kind—I am pretty much what I wanted to be!

What's for breakfast? 
Usually, peanut butter and my husband’s homemade jam on toast. We have an amazing bakery called Bread Euphoria down the street from us—I am always missing their bread when I travel.

A wish that came true.
I got a baby girl...

What risk are you glad you took?
It might not seem like a risk, but it felt like one to me—working with Anthropologie was one of the largest risks I ever took in my career and I don’t regret it for one minute.

If you could learn a creative skill other than your profession, what would it be?
I would LOVE to learn to sew better. I have always wanted to make my own clothes. I think it would be an incredible thing to be able to make what I want to wear.

A favorite gift you’ve received.
My potter’s wheel was a gift from my parents on graduation from art school. Still using it 15 years later!

A condiment you love.
I am a HUGE ketchup fan. Can't live without it.

What book do you keep on your coffee table?
I don’t have a coffee table!

What you love most about what you do.
I love that I get to work with so many different kinds of materials and processes, that people can afford what I design and that I get to decide what I do and don’t do. I love that I can make things but not have to repeat myself. I am good at coming up with new ideas and my job is the BEST kind of job for someone like me.

The most challenging or difficult part about what you do.
It is hard to come up with creative solutions and new things all the time. I find it challenging to meet demands and not have as much personal time as I would like. I miss knitting.

_______ is at the top of my inspiration library.
fabric patterning from the 18th century.

Any tricks for finding life balance?
What is that? Actually, my kid keeps me in check. She is pretty amazing.

Any trade secrets/words of wisdom you’d like to divulge?
Make things for yourself. Chances are if you want the thing you are making in your life, then someone else will too!


Thanks Molly!

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