Because coming up with a new idea can be challenging, so I try and have some fun when it is. This one is one of those pieces.
When working or thinking on new ideas for a tea-pot I’ll tend to refer back to the Ulu shape. Here I have taken a section of an Ulu design and then I added some fun. The title of this piece stems from body language that is used every once in a while here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
If I were to tell you something that I know you know and you react by pointing to your eye and then your nose, means - I know what your thinking about. So for this piece I decided to etch the eye into the body of the tea-pot, have a nose for the lid handle and for the main handle an arm with the hand making the sign of the letter ‘t’ in sign language, something I am a little familiar with from many years ago. So, the piece being titled “eye-nose-‘t’”, refers to me knowing tea, to a certain extent anyway!!
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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