Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“lis-tea-ing” T-Pot


  • Medium: brass, mascot wood
  • Size: 7.25 × 6 × 5.25 inches
  • Reference Code: LM190301

This piece was a challenge to say the least. At first I had it in mind that the body of the tea-pot was getting hooked, that’s the reason for the tilt in the piece.

I was thinking of a title as I worked, but for the life of me, I could not think of one. Then, one day a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine stopped by and he got the chance to see what it was going to look like. I was in the beginnings of designing the bezels (bezels are the bands that are connected to the tea-pot that hold the handles in place).

Now this friend of mine was a deep- sea fisherman until an unfortunate accident forced him to retire much earlier than he had expected. The first thing he said to me when he saw this tea-pot sitting on my bench was, ” it reminds me of a ship that is rolling in the heavy seas”. And with him saying that, I thought of the title…”list-tea-ing”. He said the shape of the tea-pot reminded him of a ship and because it is leaning it reminds him of the times he had rough seas while out on the fishing grounds many miles from home.

I though that was appropriate for a title, as I began to look at this tea-pot in a different light. The texture on the body of the tea-pot is meant to be a representation of the waves as they crash amongst each other creating at times a rogue wave.


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Michael Massie

Michael Massie


Inuit, Métis

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1962- )

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.