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Imagination to Creation: Oiva's Birds

The Studio
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October 18 - 21, 2018
Imagination to Creation: Oiva's Birds

Finnish glassmaking lands in Corning! The Corning Museum of Glass is excited to once again host guest glassmakers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko for the third Imagination to Creation: Oiva’s Birds. Both gaffers are visiting from the Iittala factory in Finland for a celebration of renowned designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds. Visitors can watch their demos at The Studio Hot Shop October 18 through 21.

Glassblowing will begin on Thursday afternoon and will continue 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday, with a lunch break each day. Glass birds made during the demos will be available for purchase (if they are premium quality) on site through a random lottery. Birds will be available online after on-site purchasing concludes.

Since the first birds entered production in 1972, Birds by Toikka is an international institution offering collectors and enthusiasts hundreds of stunning objects to acquire. When asked about his fascination with birds, Oiva Toikka always answers that the birds' fluid form is ideally suited to representation in glass.

Browse the full collection of Iittala birds at The Museum Shops.