“Having had this piece of stone sitting around for quite some time I took it out because of its size and shape. Whenever I first start looking at a stone, I always try and sit it on an end that makes it look a little more interesting. When I placed this on end the first thing I saw was a woman with her hands held up to the side of her head. I wasn’t sure what I was going to have in her hands — but that is something that usually comes with the thinking after the stone has been shaped. So, having completed the shaping — it was time to think of what it would be to have her holding that would be interesting and different.
“After much thought I came to the decision of a hearing device, like the ones they used to use years ago — the ones that were shaped like a horn. I remember seeing them in the old Western movies when I was just a kid. It just so happened that my parents were coming down for their summer visit and my Mom has had hearing problems since the early ’60s. In 1971 my family and I went to Montreal for Mom’s second ear operation and that trip is still a chapter in my past that I remember quite well.
“While Mom and Dad were here, Mom had made another appointment to see an ear specialist and this time she found out that she has lost complete hearing in her left ear and there is only 30% remaining in her right ear. It just so happens that in the piece Hannah holds the ear horn to her right ear and the left is covered. Not something that I either tried or meant to do, it is something that just happened. It wasn’t until after the piece was completed and sent out to you that we found out about Moms hearing. As my Grandparents used to say, ‘Some things were just meant to be!’ “
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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