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  • Medium: silver, birch, ebony
  • Size: 6 × 11.5 × 7.5 inches
  • Reference Code: LM131201


I can remember when I was much younger, and my family and my cousin’s family would go to frozen ponds and play hockey — or just slide from the banks out onto the icy pond. We would always wait for the good cold-spell from December to January and would know that the ponds were well frozen over then.

There was this one time as we were coming up onto the pond, that off in the distance there looked to be something odd in the ice. As we got closer we could tell that it was a duck somehow frozen into the ice. It was a strange sight… but there it was… a duck (not alive but frozen) into the ice. With all the excitement to see this strange spectacle, I slipped on the ice and fell flat on my backside. That’s when I heard Mom call out “oopsie-daisy.”

I thought about this story as I made this teapot… but being an Owl, I decided to go with “whooooop-tea-daisy” for the title. My sister Marily helped me out with the title… in adding a few more Os!

—Michael Massie

Michael Massie

Michael Massie


Inuit, Métis

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1962- )

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.

Spirit Wrestler Gallery

101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6J 1K1

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one block West of the Granville Island gates
Between Pine St. and Fir St.

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