I wanted to try something outside of the geometric shapes that I have explored in the past. I had this idea of making a teapot that would look like the tips of flames, with the body of the pot having a nice flow to the edges as well as the sides. I wanted the lines to flow with each other with the negative spaces working with the movement of the curves. The etch to the surface turned out much better than I expected, giving the silver the look of being corroded, while in reality this was achieved by a nitric-acid etch.
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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