A fourth generation artist, Vincent discovered, at the early age of 15, his passion and flare for pottery. His father, a respected architect, and his mother, an established painter, fostered a creative home where Vincent was introduced to artistry as a part of everyday living. His family’s approach to life has translated to his pots, which combine exhibition with functionality. Vincent studied at the renowned West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, England. Here, he specialized in traditional English and Japanese methods of stoneware, including firing techniques of wood, salt and raku.
Further apprenticeships with exceptional English and Canadian potters established him as a professional artist. Vincent continues to develop the art of pottery through the adaptation of traditional methods and glazes. He mixes and ages his own clay and experiments with his own personal glaze recipes to achieve his one-of-a-kind, spontaneous pots. For 20 years, Massey has supported his family as an artist. He supplemented his income with carpentry in the first stages of his career, which lent itself well to building his own house, studio, gallery and kilns.
As well as contributing to the art of ceramics by teaching workshops and master classes throughout B.C., he encourages young, aspiring apprentices. His work is shipped worldwide and eagerly sought by art collectors, hotels and those wishing to enhance their cuisine or dining room with unique, yet practical pottery pieces.
Vincent’s work has been described as robust, one of a kind, functional art. Each vision grows out of powdered clay that Vincent blends personally by the ton and then ages like a fine cheese. The aging process aids in the plasticity of the material that is then manipulated into various wheel thrown and hand built forms. Vincent also orchestrates his own glazes, combining granite, chalk, calcium, silica and ashes with pigments such as cobalt, copper and iron. “I am the master of my own realm,” he said. “There isn’t much I don’t do.” By being in control of the process from start to finish gives me a huge sense of satisfaction and pride and a better grasp of quality control”.
The majority of his work is wheel thrown with a focus on crafting functional pottery that enhances the quality of our lives. Salad bowls, tiles, sinks, tea pots, casserole dishes and vases of every description come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours, bringing life to otherwise everyday objects. From professional chefs to amateur food connoisseurs, Vincent’s unique clay slab dishes with extruded rims, handles and feet are becoming a dish of choice to showcase food.
I have been sharing my knowledge of my craft through classes and workshops. Expanding and inspiring my students artistic talents keeps me as an artist enthusiastic about who I am and what I do. The potters I teach have different abilities from intermediate to professional and always enjoy my positive energy and passion that I portray through lectures, demos or hands-on courses. My philosophy of always expanding and evolving my own artistic work and life has been shared with hundreds of students who always leave with new and exciting ideas and new creative goals.
For your guild, group or school, I offer hands-on or lecture/demo classes that can accommodate 10-30 students depending on the format.