This piece is about 15 years old. At the time I made three Ulu bowls - based on the places I have called home over the years. One of the three was for Gjoa Haven and Iqaluit and the other was for Stephenville and Halifax. This one ” Lake Melville”, for those who may not know, was where I was born and lived for 25 years. It’s a place that I haven’t spent time much over the last 30 years but, it still holds a spot in my heart.
The Ulu bowls are meant to represent ‘family’ and of all the places I have lived in over the years and from all of them, I have made many good friends.
Massie’s work is a reflection of his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. In it, he investigates both traditional and contemporary themes. He has achieved renown for his innovative teapots that combine themes and symbols from his native Inuit culture with European traditions. Massie has been twice short-listed for the coveted Prix Saidye Bronfman and has an extensive international reputation. His work has been shown in North America and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada. He was elected a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011.
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