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About Oiva Toikka
Professor Oiva Toikka one of Finland's most famous glass artists. His work dates back to the 1950's but is still as popular today. He is most well known for his Birds by Toikka series which took flight in 1972; since then, more than four hundred glass bird designs have been hatched. The collection continues to grow and showcases his boundless imagination, love for nature, and glass expertise. Each bird is designed by him, many based on actual species, before being handcrafted in Finland by iittala's master glassblowers. Their handcrafted nature allows each one to be a unique pieces of art. Collecting these birds has become a shared love across continents between bird lovers, glass art enthusiasts, and fans of Finnish design. Toikka has won numerous prestigious awards including the Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal. In 1993, Toikka was given the honorary title of Professor of the Arts by the state of Finland. More about Oiva Toikka
About iittala
The Birds by Toikka series started in 1972 specifically for iittala. It's a practical and poetic pairing, since iittala started as a glass factory in 1881. Then, iittala produced glass in ornamental styles popular during the era, but became one of the first to transition from decorative to functional. While Oiva Toikka's glass birds are a creative departure from this "form follows function" philosophy, they stay true to Nordic aesthetic. The birds are clean-lined, timeless, inspired by nature, and crafted from quality materials. Each bird he designs, iittala's blowers handcraft in Finland; the collaboration continues to push the boundaries of unique and meaningful art. Iittala's mission is to create pieces that won't be thrown away and these collectibles will be passed down generations. The iittala logo is one every Finn or fan of Finnish design recognizes, and many collectors leave the logo stickers on the base of their birds as a badge of authenticity. More about iittala
About Bianco Blu
Designed by Tarmo Maaronen exclusively for GlassBirds.com, Bianco Blu glass birds are unique pieces of art you won't find anywhere else. Each is handcrafted and mouth-blown by a small team of skilled glassblowers in Fiskars, Finland. Born in Urjala, Finland, Maaronen has been blowing glass since 1979. Before founding his own glass stuido Bianco Blu, he worked as a teacher of Scandinavian glass techniques from 1995 to 1997. More about Bianco Blu
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