Boss Like A Lady – Women Entrepreneur Series – Molly Hatch, The Artisan
Continuing after Women’s History Month, I am creating a limited hand-lettered and illustrated series of some women making history. These women own their own creative businesses and make them successful despite many obstacles, including their own occasional self-doubt. I hope they inspire you to make a little history of your own!
Every time I pick up something lovely at Anthropologie, I can be assured without turning it over, it came from Molly Hatch. Her work is clever and inspiring.
“Born the daughter of a painter and an organic dairy farmer, Molly was raised to be creatively industrious. Using her imagination and love of drawing to make everything from her well known idiosyncratic ceramics to quirky pen-and-ink drawings. Molly’s craft is finely honed, her designs whimsically literal and pop-culturally on-point.
Working from her home studio, Molly began making her living as a full-time studio potter in 2008. Her formal education in ceramics and drawing resulted in the development of her signature style. Making contemporary ceramics inspired by history, Molly’s career as a studio potter quickly garnered a loyal following. Molly’s designs have expanded beyond tableware to a wide range of lifestyle products and Molly is actively growing collections of home goods to bring her modern yet traditional designs to the contemporary home.”
What do you believe is or was your greatest mistake? Second guessing my instincts. I find that the more I go with my gut, the better off I am in general.
What is the worst advice you ever received? “Don’t be a studio potter, you will not earn enough money and you will be barefoot and pregnant.”
And the best advice? Allow yourself to be obsessed with things no matter how silly or embarrassing they are, they are what make you —you and that is what will set you apart from the rest.
What is your best source for inspiration? History!
What do you do when you get discouraged? Get grumpy and go for a walk.
What do you do when you doubt yourself? Try to step back
Finish the sentence, ‘Being a woman and owning a business is…’ Amazing and powerful
Why dishes and ceramics? Everyone knows how to relate to a cup or a bowl, no matter what is on them!
When did you know you were successful? I felt confident that no one could take my work away from me.