Virginia Hurley - Ceramic Artist 

Bio:
Virginia (Gin) Hurley, currently lives in her home town of Bethlehem, North Carolina. She had a strong interest in architecture and engineering from a young age wishing to make things that would endure for future generations. She studied at UNC Charlotte, graduating with a degree in art focusing on ceramics. She also gained a great deal of experience and connection with the science of glazing. After 10 years between Charlotte and Salt Lake City Virginia returned to the Catawba area, and eventually her hometown to work and continue to expand both her own and others knowledge of art.

Statment: 
Form is an element in all of my work, a continuation of the duality between form and function.
Form can be the simplicity of shape but also the idea that the item has a decorative quality as opposed to a functional use. Forms have changed over time, though with the study of the past we see they hold elements that have not left us. I find inspiration in forms throughout history both utility and cultural (such as symbols).

Plato explained that everything has a “ness”. This would be a constant for said form. A chair is a chair because by sitting on it you are exemplifying it’s "chairness". This directs forms to have set universal standards that can then be manipulated as they have through history.  A pot is what it is because of it’s form and characteristics.

If this is true at what point will an object stop being what it is? A plate is a mostly flat surface to prepare, serve and food on, but if taken from it’s function, and placed on a wall, what is it? Have I removed it’s “ness” or created a new one?​These are questions I ask as i create my amphora that are often still true to their form from thousands of years ago as opposed to my “Plates” that are now hardly recognizable as such things.

Education 

2003 - 2008

 (Ceramics/Sculpture) University of North Carolina Charlotte 2008  

Awards 

2016

Innovative Artist Project Grants

Exhibitions 

Solo

2016

2018

2019

“Argil”, LR University, Hickory, NC

Carillon Assisted Living, Newton, NC

Lucas Mason, Hiddenite, NC

Group

2006

2007

2013

2013

2014

2017

2017

2018

2019

2019

Green Rice Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Hickory Convention Center, Hickory, NC

Mt Bethel Church, Bethlehem, NC

Waldensian Festival, Valdese, NC

Woodmill Winery, Vale, NC

Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem, NC

Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem, NC

Catawba Metro Center, Hickory, NC

Full Circle Arts, Hickory, NC

Juried

2008

2008

2009

2012

2013

2013

2014

2014

2015

2015

2016

2013

Green Rice Gallery, Charlotte, NC

“Art in the Park”, Charlotte, NC

Amelies, Charlotte, NC

Hickory Furniture Mart, Hickory, NC

Woodmill Winery, Vale, NC

 Rock Barn Country Club, Hickory, NC

Rock Barn Country Club, Hickory, NC

Woodmill Winery, Vale, NC

Woodmill Winery, Vale, NC

Woodmill Winery, Vale, NC

Hiddenite Arts Center, Hiddenite, NC

 Rock Barn Country Club, Hickory, NC

Acted as Judge

2015

2015

2015

2016

2017

2017

2019

2019

Paul Whitener Student Art Show

Silver Arts Visual Arts Show

Lenoir Rhyne Visual Art Show

Silver Arts Visual Arts Show

Silver Arts Visual Arts Show

Silver Arts Visual Arts Show

Hiddenite Regional Artist Show

Paul Whitener Student Art Show

Media

2015

2017

2019

Hickory Galleria Showcase, January 15

History, Form, and Function: The Clay Art of Virginia Hurley

The Bethlehem Star, May 19, The Taylorsville Times, May 24

Exhibition of Hurley Starts, Reception Set. Taylorsville times, Jan. 30


Collections

Private Collection, Charlotte, NC

Private Collection, Easton, MD

Private Collection, Brooklyn, NY

Private Collection, Hickory, NC

Private Collection, Lubbock, Texas

Hart Square Museum, Hickory, NC

Site Installation, Buffalo, NY

Site Installation, MeNee Ranch State Park, CA

Private Collection, Indian Shores, FL

Private Collection, Richmond, VA

Private Collection, Asheville, NC

Private Collection, Durham, NC

Teaching

2006-11

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2015-17

2016

2018

2018-19

Ceramics Instructor, Johnson YMCA

Ceramics Instructor, Morrison YMCA

Arts Instructor, Granite School District

Ceramics Instructor, Mud Shack Studio, Bethlehem, NC

Arts Instructor, Hickory Museum of Art

Kiln Workshop, Tigersmoon Design

Raku Workshop, Tigersmoon Design

Ceramic classes, Newton-Conover Auditorium

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