Michel Boulay is a ceramic artist living in Queensland, Australia.
“My personal philosophy is centered around the manipulation of glazes, contrast in colour and form to
create visually exciting and emotionally rewarding works of Art using the medium of reduction fired stoneware. By exploring the nature and limitations of the materials at my disposal, and by gathering this knowledge into a
vocabulary of expression, I hope to break new ground and develop new techniques. This work sees the
incorporation of classic celadon within developing stoneware glazes in surface decoration as well as a more sculptural vessel forms.
I want to escape from the familiar and the comfortable and will seek to push into unknown territory and take chances, that by doing so, I will continue to enjoy exploring glazes and shapes towards an overall feeling of asymmetry and spontaneity which has always been my journey and to show the limitless creative possibilities of this very old traditional medium: ceramic As an artist, I must explore the never-
ending design potentials of glazes, the flow of colours and through them to the expression of this world which lives in us. This body of work is in white stoneware, fired 1300 reduction in a gas kiln, using wood ash and a large range of stoneware glazes. “
Michel Boulay studied a Bachelor of Education in Art, WACAE, Australia, graduating in 1982. From 1985-87 he completed a Graduate Diploma in Ceramics, Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre, Paris France.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:
1990 St Bernard Hotel Mt Tamborine Gold Coast, 1
1992 Fusions Gallery Brisbane, Jabiru Gallery Sanctuary Cove Gold Coast, Beaver Galleries Canberra,
Atelier Design Craft Centre Bells Beach Vic., Exhibit 912 Gallery Brisbane, Tweed River Regional
Art Gallery Murwillumbah,
1994 Mura Clay Sydney, Exhibit 912 Gallery Brisbane,
J abiru Gallery Sanctuary Cove Gold Coast, Beaver Galleries Canberra, Butterflies Gallery Hunter Valley,
1996 Qdos Gallery Lorne Victoria, The School of Arts Brisbane,
1997 Fusions Gallery Brisbane, 1998 A.N.A. Hotel Gold Coast, 2000 Gallery 8 Brisbane
GROUP EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:
1991 10th Gold Coast International Ceramics Exhibition,
1992 11th Gold Coast International Ceramics Exhibition,
12th National Craft Acquisition Exhibition Darwin N.T.,
The Ceramic Object Manly Art Gallery and Museum,
1993 13 th National Craft Acquisition Exhibition Darwin N.T.,
1994 Gleneon Craft Show Sydney,
13 th Gold Coast International Ceramics Exhibition Gold Coast,
14 th National Craft Acquisition Exhibition N.T., 199514 th Gold Coast International Ceramics Art Exhibition,
1997 Tresors Fair Singapore,
Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Fair 97 Japan,
1998 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Exhibition
Shepparton Art Gallery,
24 th Alice Craft Acquisition No To,
17 th Gold Coast International Ceramics Art Exhibition,
1999 Munich Fair Germany,
25th Alice Craft Acquisition N.T.,
2000 Ceramics: The Australian Context Campbelltown City Art Gallery N.S.W.,
The Millennium Platter Exhibition The Ceramic Art Gallery Sydney N.S.W.,
David Jones Craft Australia Shop Sydney,
19 th Gold Coast International Ceramics Art Exhibition,
2001 Bowled Over
Fremantle Arts Centre W.A., The Border Art Prize, 2nd Prize Gold Coast,
26th Alice Craft Acquisition N.T.
COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS INCLUDE:
Park Hyatt Hotel Sydney, Gold Coast City Regional Art Gallery, St Kevin’s School, Trinity Lutheran
College Gold Coast, Redeemer Lutheran College Brisbane, Toowoomba Grammar School OLD, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery Murwillumbah, Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort Gold Coast, Art Bank Sydney, Brisbane Commonwealth Offices Building Brisbane, Mann Judd Chartered Accountants Brisbane, Trustee House Ipswich, Government and Overseas Gifts Brisbane City, All Seasons Premier Darwin Central Hotel Darwin, Sheraton Tower Hotel Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Cairns Casino, Rena Owen, David Altschul Warner Bros. Records Inc. Burbank CA USA, Qantas Offices, Club Lounge Singapore International Airport.
Pottery In Australia 1991-92-94-98, Australian Gourmet Traveller 1991, Craft Art International no 27 1993, State of the Art no 10 1994, Oz Arts Magazine no 12 1995, Ceramics Technical no 2 1996.
Michel Boulay is an exhibiting Member of the Potters’ Society of Australia, CRAFTMARK Australia Accredited