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.
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.