“I was able to acquire some anhydrite when I was working on the chess set for my 50@50 show. At the time I was looking to work on some simpler designs after spending so much time on the detailing of pieces for that show. I saw the owl standing on both feet with its wings up and out — as if to say tad-dah. I added the brass to make it more interesting and exciting to look at. It needed a base to give a little more balance to the piece.”
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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