When I begin looking at pieces of stone, the colour or the grain of the stone is not usually taken into consideration. I always look more at the shape to see what is in the stone that wants to come out.
When I make up the story, sometimes I have one as I’m working on it and other times the story comes up after the piece is made. This piece is of the latter.
It was a beautiful day when I got up and went searching for a meal. That’s changed now and the wind and wet damp snow are blowing hard enough for the trees to topple over. But I’m not giving up, said the stubborn old owl. I’m going to stand here with my ” my back to the elements “, shaking snow from my feathers and keeping an eye out for a tasty morsel. I didn’t become old by letting the weather slow me down!
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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