Young American ceramicist Molly Hatch is known in part for works that are riffs on 18th-century textiles and decorative arts (not to mention her Anthro collaborations). Rich Chinese Export lacquerware, Blue Willow plates, printed toiles and patterned silks from the V & A's collection are among the pieces that have inspired her. So I'm anxious to see how Molly interprets two circa 1755 botanical Chelsea Factory plates from the High's Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics.
|[Molly Hatch's proposed installation for the High Museum of Art]|
It's a distinguished collection but not one that all museum visitors first gravitate to when they initially walk through the galleries.
|[18th-century Chelsea Factory plate from the High's Cocke Collection]|
Molly's boldly-scaled installation, scheduled to go on view March 15, 2014, in the High's Wieland Pavilion, will I think highlight the vibrancy and lushness of the Chelsea Factory artisans' floral designs -- aspects that can be overlooked with centuries-old plates that some perceive as granny chic.