Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

Battle of the Bowls, Artist Spotlight: Michael Fujita and Molly Hatch

Michael Fujita is currently living and working in Philadelphia and in his second year as a Resident Artist at the Clay Studio. He says of his work ” I have a strong commitment to both craft and beauty, firmly believing that concept and idea travel most effectively along this path. A commitment to labor and time is prevalent in the majority of my work. The arduous nature of a particular task can seem almost ridiculous. Countless hours repeating a motion or action to produce an object or mark is eventually captured in a single visual moment”

 

Molly Hatch was Born in 1978. Her childhood was divided between physical labor, play and creating art. She studied drawing and ceramics receiving her BFA at the Museum School in Boston between 1996 and 2000 where she left Boston to work with potter Miranda Thomas in Vermont. After several ceramic residencies in the US and West Indies, she worked towards her M.F.A. in ceramics at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 2005-2008. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Arts/Industry Residency in the Pottery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin.

Currently she work from her home studio in Northampton MA where she lives with her woodworker husband Oliver Hatch and their daughter Camilla. She is a writer and an artist-designer, creating everything from fabric patterns, furniture, jewelry, prints, pen and ink drawings and paintings in addition to her primary career as a ceramic artist-designer. Her work is heavily inspired by historic trends in fabric, font, ceramics and furniture re-mixed with a contemporary scale, palette and sense of humor. Her use of text is often appropriated directly from hip-hop and indie song lyrics, text messages and collected colloquiums.

 

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