Author(s): Kathleen Morris
In paintings as pretty as the porcelain they depict, this gift book celebrates one of the finest teacup collections in the world: the 300-piece archive of the Clark Art Institute, which dates back to the eighteenth century and represents coveted designs of the day from Europe and China. Artist Molly Hatch, with exclusive access to this largely unviewed collection, pored over the details of each cup to create this visual treat. Including page after page of paintings of the cups and led off by introductory essays, this is both an intriguing reflection on the art of collecting and an utterly charming gift for tea drinkers and teacup collectors.
Trained in ceramics, printmaking, and drawing, Molly Hatch is known for her surface pattern designs. She exhibits internationally, and has collaborated with curators to create work sourced from the archives of prestigious institutions including The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She works from her home studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, holds a rare collection of teacups dating as far back as the early-eighteenth century and concentrating on the finest porcelain manufacturers in Europe of the time.