This piece was supposed to be in relation to the drum-dancer teapot, but after trying a few things, I decided to change it altogether—and went back and looked at the older designs, before the bird series and so on. I realized that I really wanted to work with a design that felt good to me, one that had nice flowing lines and yet had character.
The twisting action of the teapot body and the curving lines of the handles help this sense of movement and flow, making it feel as if it had a life of its own. The etched design is the fire that heats the teapot from beneath—I had the flames in mind from the time that I changed the design—I couldn’t get it out of my head!
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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