This is the second Ulu bowl, and again, I tried something a little different, to help keep things interesting.
I am always looking for different designed Ulus, something I’ve been doing for years. There are the traditional ones where the handle is ‘T’ shape. But in a magazine I picked up at a second hand bookstore in Winnipeg a few weeks back, there was a half page of ulus - all different in shape - and this one. I thought it to be quite interesting because it didn’t have the usual ‘T’ shaped handle, just a long stem coming from the top of the blade. So that was it, my other design choice! The other difference here from previous Ulu bowls, is that here the Ulus are joined with a single post, allowing the blade ends not to touch.
Because of it’s tall stature I titled it “standing tall Ulu bowl”.
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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