As the daughter of a painter and a dairy farmer, ceramic artist Molly Hatch's childhood was divided between physical labor, play and creating her own art. Her interest in utilitarian ceramics is grounded in a family history of using their hands to make objects for use and contemplation. In her work, she aims to maintain the family tradition of making objects both needed and desired.
The Southern Vermont resident uses both historic and contemporary patterning found in fabric in order to encourage play and exploration in the familiar. The viewer is encouraged to take the time to look for the repeating fields, vertical patterns and horizontal pattern within pattern. It is important that the work be useful for the everyday as well as engaging in the visual exploration of it.