Artists’ Korero: Michele Beaufoy

Michele Beaufoy during Covid-19 Lockdown 2020

Michele Beaufoy is a local Oamaru artist practitioner and teacher at Ara Polytechnic in Timaru. A significant part of her practice is ceramic work (produced out of the studio at Pottery-On-Tyne). Michele has been exploring the notion of harmony through balancing polarities (opposites).

In a recent exhibition at the Forrester Gallery in 2018, Michele explored war/man versus nature. This work is one of a series presented in that exhibition and for which Michele was chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Portage Ceramic Awards held at Te Uru in Titirangi, Auckland.




image: Michele Beaufoy, 'Signs', Portage Ceramic Award 2018

Michele says: “I have quite enjoyed the Lockdown, bringing out my natural hermit like tendencies and a freedom to work consistently which as a teacher is a luxury. Though am now teaching online the time I would have spent in travel still gives me moments to work that are not usually there. I am one of the lucky ones with a job. And that I am very grateful for.

I’ve been working on ceramics to exhibit as the guest artist for the South Canterbury Art Society this year. More works based on body shapes and geometry. I love that tension between organic/natural and geometry/pattern. The inside on the outside somewhat.”

Images: Michele Beaufoy, 'Muses', work in progress, 2020

Ingrid Cole