“The head on this piece has been tried on a number of different pieces (but never made it) and I found this was better suited. The head was actually the maquette for the tea pot, “in the minds eye”, one that was made back in 1998, I think.
I wanted to portray the owl/spirit reading. Some of you may know from previous conversations where I used to stand on that topic—as a kid, I was never very popular with reading, I would rather have been read to! While I was being read to, mostly by my Mom, I was able to daydream, and imagine the story in my head—and the places and people were mine to look like and be like I wanted. While Mom read I would go off and think of whatever I wanted and the story played out in my imagination. It can also be looked at where the owl/spirit is reading another legend, maybe, just maybe he is getting ready to go off into the next realm. As he reads he sit comfortably and with his toes curled, he begins to read where he left off the last time.”
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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