Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“surfing the wave” teapot


  • Medium: silver, teak, bone
  • Size: 5.75 × 10.5 × 2 inches
  • Reference Code: LM50701

I guess that you could say that this is my metaphor for life. There are so many things that occupy our lives—and sometimes we have control and other times we don’t. If we stay focused and not stray from the path too much, we can maintain what we perceive as control… or having a handle on things. At the same time, there are things that come our way that we cannot possibly control—so to stay on top of things, we must concentrate on what it is that we are working towards.

As I see it, this is what a surfer is out to accomplish. They take on waves with determination and vigor—yet they know not what awaits them as they are about to ride the wave. They are out to master and control, but at the same time the wave also has control of the surfer. They want to ride in the belly of the beast—and come out smiling. When they manage to do this, they know that through determination and focus, they have achieved what is that they set out to accomplish. However, after all is said and done, they still don’t know what the next wave (and what lies underneath) will bring—and which might possibly change their lives forever.

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.