Iittala Birds by Toikka

September 24, 2014 - February 22, 2015

Iittala 2014Iittala birds by Oiva Toikka returned to Museum of Glass for the eleventh consecutive year.

In partnership with Finland’s Iittala, Inc., the 2014 - 2015 display featured the newly designed Anna’s Hummingbird, continuing the celebration of internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds.

Professor Toikka’s career with the Iittala company spans 40 years, during which he has designed over 400 glass birds. Despite the recent closure of the Iittala glass factory in Nuutajärvi, Finland, Finnish glassblowing traditions have been preserved through the transfer of operations and production to a refurbished Iittala factory in Helsinki.

The Anna’s Hummingbird, made specifically for Museum of Glass, along with rare prototypes and other specimens from the Museum’s collection, were on view on the Hot Shop balcony. 

Previous birds by Toikka created for Museum of Glass include American Goldfinch (2004), Pacific Water Fowl (2005), Spotted Towhee (2006), Red-winged Blackbird (2007), Ruffed Grouse (2008), Swift (2009), Kingfisher (2010), Woodpecker (2011), Western Tanager (2012) and Wood Ducks (2013).


Image credit: Oiva Toikka (Finnish, born 1931); Anna’s Hummingbird, 2014; Blown glass; 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches; Photo by Duell Fisher.

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