With this tea-pot I want to have the shapes from the Ulu once again. I wanted to off-balance the handles - but at the same time, keep the entire piece in balance. I took the shape of an Ulu handle and cut it in half, allowing them to work together in make the correct shape.
The little wisp, on the top left of the main handle and the top right of the lid handle, stems from my days as a Commercial Arts student in St. John’s, NL. As part of our drawings we had to do freehand lettering, all different types of fonts and to be exact as possible in the process. This also helps in the flow of lines in the piece.
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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