Bird Lovers' Weekend, October 2 - 4

Steller's JayIittala birds by Oiva Toikka return to Museum of Glass for the twelfth consecutive year from October 2 to October 4, 2015. The internationally renowned glass creations from Finland’s glass giant Iittala are the focus of Bird Lovers’ Weekend, which will feature events celebrating wild birds.

In addition to special events, Finnish master glassblowers Arto Lahtinen and Helena Welling will create glass birds designed by Professor Oiva Toikka in the MOG Hot Shop Friday, October 2, through Sunday, October 4.

Bird lovers can also take a limited-edition Steller’s Jay home to their nest! The newest Birds by Toikka design, Steller’s Jay, is available exclusively at the Museum of Glass Store in a limited edition of 200.

Friday, October 2

  • 10 am – 5 pm: Birds by Toikka glass bird-making demonstrations by Iittala artists in the Hot Shop.
  • Be a Bird Designer: Designs accepted all weekend, two winning drawings (one child’s and one adult’s) to be selected and created for the winners Sunday by Lahtinen and Welling. Call 253.284.3009 for more details or visit museumofglass.org.

Saturday, October 3

  • 10 am – 5 pm: Birds by Toikka glass bird-making demonstrations by Iittala artists in the Hot Shop.
  • 11 am – 3 pm: Seattle Seahawks live mascot, Taima the augur hawk appearance!
  • 1 – 4 pm: Join artist Larry Calkins and celebrate all things Bird-related! Create your own wire bird sculpture or paint a bird feeder for your garden.


Taima, the augur hawk.

Sunday, October 4

  • 11 am – 1 pm: Museum of Glass members’ brunch FREE for members. Event will also include an opportunity to have your bird signed by Iittala artists from 11:30 am to 12 pm.
  • 12 – 1 pm: Enjoy a special visit with bird ambassadors from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium!
  • 12 – 5 pm: Birds by Toikka glass bird-making demonstrations by Iittala artists in the Hot Shop.
  • 2 - 3 pm: Q+A answer with Collectors in the audience of the Hot Shop.

A special Design Your Own Bird activity will also be offered on Thursday, October 1, from 4 to 6 pm to celebrate the beginning of Bird Lovers’ Weekend, during which participants will come to the Hot Shop floor to watch Iittala glassmakers Arto Lahtinen and Helena Welling create their own glass bird design. A limited number of spaces are available at $500 per person; $450 for members. To reserve a space or request more information, please contact Tom Findlay at tfindlay@museumofglass.org or call 253.284.4734.

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