This was the first teapot in many months—and it sure feels good to be working in metal once again. Unlike the stone pieces, I have to draw out the design first and then make a maquette from paper to make sure all pieces fit and work as a form.
I knew that I really wanted to make one more bird design—even if only to get them out of my head for a while. I have been reading of the stories of Owl and Raven, so the design here is more like the raven, although it isn’t specifically a raven. I wanted to make the spout as part of the body, not as an extension or addition to the teapot, as generally happens. So the beak is similar to a raven’s, but in the design stage the tail became the main feature!
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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