Molly Hatch: Physic Garden
The High Museum of Art commissioned contemporary ceramicist Molly Hatch to present Physic Garden, a two-story-high, hand-painted “plate painting” that is now installed in the Museum’s Margaretta Taylor Lobby. The work is composed of 456 dinner plates featuring an original design inspired by two ca. 1755 Chelsea Factory plates from the High’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics. The High acquired Physic Garden for its decorative arts and design collection and can re-install it at future dates in smaller incarnations or in other locations.
The complete installation measures just over 20 feet high by 17 feet wide and is the largest ever produced by Hatch, who has created other works based on source material from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Hatch also designs her own line for national clothing, accessories, and home décor retailer Anthropologie.
The Chelsea source plates are in the High’s permanent collection as part of the renowned Cocke Collection, which comprises over 300 works and is the most comprehensive collection of English ceramics in an American art museum.
Organization & Support
Sponsored by the American Craft Council with the support of the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Acquisition supported with funds from The Fraser-Parker Foundation. Additional funds to support the installation provided by the Ceramic Circle of Atlanta.