This is the third of the brass tea-pots - and the 92nd of all the tea-pots made so far. I have to say, it’s a nice feeling to be working in metal again, even if it’s not silver. It is the whole process of the making that interests me and keeps me thinking.
When I am working out the design for a tea-pot, it can go through a number of transformations before the final design. This was one of those pieces. It is always about trying to make the handle become an integral part of the piece - where it grows from the metal and takes on the metal’s form - when the design calls for it.
After marking up the sketch book with curved lines, what emerged began to give the feeling or the look of a caribou. This was not my original intent, it just came out that way. So, because of that ’ caribou ’ feeling, I went with it and tried to simplify the antlers to keep in form with the body shape.
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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