Keeping all tea-pot designs original and one-of-a-kind is something I have always believed in. It makes designing harder, as I have to not repeat a previous design, at the same time, it allows the collector to have an original, with no other out there that is the same.
On that note,as many have in the past, the form of this pot stems from the Ulu. My aim was to have the body of the tea-pot look like the half-moon shape of many Ulus designs . The main handle was designed this way for a couple of reasons. 1st, it was meant to droop on either side. My idea was to have the tea-pot stand on its own, without feet attached to help it stand. And the only way to do this was to design it as I have with this one. 2nd, making the handles this way was effective and it also allowed me to think of the title. ” left-tea/right-tea “, is meant for the left or the right handed person. Either way you pick it up, it feels the same, you don’t have to feel awkward in picking it up because it is obvious that it can be handled either way.
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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