This teapot was on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from January 20 to March 16, 2008 as part of the Objets de Cultures exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. Twenty-four artifacts were paired with contemporary artwork.
“I had just completed the first pot in a while for a show in Ontario—and only had a limited amount of silver to work with. There was much contemplation and making of my paper maquettes—at the time I was looking for something simple yet interesting—when the maquette for this was put together I knew that this would be the design.
“The design for the body turned out to be simple—it was all the little things that were headaches! Since the idea was to keep it simple, the handle and the lid had to be as well. The design let me incorporate the spout into the form of the body—but with the main handle there was a little more thinking. Ultimately, the design for the handle came to mimic the shape of the teapot body, while the handle for the lid echoed the curves made by the main handle—which turned out to be a half-circle.
“All-in-all the design turned out to be simple—and what I find interesting is how the shape changes as you move around it.”
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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