Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“pompositea” teapot


When it came time to find a title for this piece, I at first was considering ‘pointea’, but wasn’t too keen on that, so I sat down and started going through the dictionary. Knowing somehow that the title should begin with a ‘P’, I went straight to the ‘P’ section. This is when I came across ‘pomposity’.

After reading the definition, I felt it would be a good and appropriate title — with the chest sticking out and the tail sitting high and flared out — it just fit the appearance of the piece exactly. As for the etching, I wanted to have feathers on the body, so I started looking through my book on birds for patterns. I wanted to cover the surface with as many feathers as possible, making it decorative.

—Michael Massie

Loaned to Faces and Voices of the Inuit Market Exhibition, June 19 — September 25, 2011, at the Museum of Anthropology UBC, Vancouver BC. Documented and loaned to Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 Exhibition, May 26 — October 21, 2012, at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

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.