“For a number of months I have had this piece of bone in my studio and was trying to think of some ideas for it when this idea came to me. I always saw a head on top of the bone and, as I thought about it, I could see a fish’s fin on the side. As I have mentioned in many of my stories, I love fish — and this is why the fish design. Her eyes are closed because she is thinking of summer and how much fun it will be to catch them.”
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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