Who was Bill Reid?

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Miniature tea pot, creamer jug and sugar bowl carved from blackboard chalk by Bill Reid

Bill Reid’s exceptionally small carvings, which he started at age 12 out of boredom at school, show his intense concentration, accuracy of details and sense of humour.

Bill Reid
Miniature Tea Set

1932
Blackboard chalk, nail polish
Teapot with lid, 2.2 cm W
Creamer jug 0.7 x 1.1 cm
Sugar bowl 0.7 x 1 cm handle to handle,
0.3 cm diameter
Bill Reid Foundation Collection, BRFC#143
Gift of Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Kennedy
Photo: Linda Stanfield

Perspectives on Bill Reid

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In his own words

At different times throughout his life, Bill Reid spoke about questions of identity. Hear what he had to say.