iittala Toikka Kiuru 2017 Annual Bird

by iittala

Type: Bird Guide

✔ Made in Finland
✔ Mouthblown
✔ Designed by: Oiva Toikka
✔ Signed: O. Toikka IITTALA 2017
✔ Limited Edition: Yes
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The only current member of the collection with wings, the 2017 Annual Bird takes flight as Finland celebrates 100 years of independence. Artist Oiva Toikka explains, "Kiuru is what makes the summer: it announces the arrival of summer one month in advance according to Finnish legend." The Eurasian skylark wears stunning shades of blue and white, a palette that reflects the blue skies and clouds as well as the lakes and snow of Finland's landscape. Kiuru requires the skilled craftsmanship of five glass-blowers, who handcraft each part of the bird separately using a veiled glass technique. Each piece is joined while still hot before the finish touches are put on, requiring precise timing and teamwork. When the opal white glass is blown into the mold, it allows small air bubbles to form on the surface of the glass. Blue dye is added in powder form to create the pearl-like pattern on the body, which Kiuru's numbered annual egg shares. The special edition Kiuru is only in the product selection for 2017.
Product Details
  • Made in: Finland
  • Made by: iittala
  • Designer: Oiva Toikka
  • Measurements: 8" L x 3" W x 5-1/2" H (20 x 8 x 14 cm)
  • Signed: O. Toikka IITTALA 2017
  • Year Introduced: 2017
  • Limited Edition: Yes
  • Numbered: No
  • Primary Color: White,Blue
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About Oiva Toikka

Oiva Toikka (1931-2019) is one of the most well-known personalities of Finnish glass. Toikka’s projects offered a departure from the clean-lined designs Finland is known for. The creations from Toikka’s imagination have been brought to life by the master glassblowers at iittala for over 50 years. Toikka’s glass bird collection is his most familiar work and his limitless creativity has delivered hundreds of colorful, mouth-blown collectibles to the world. GlassBirds.com offers the largest collection of Toikka glass birds in the US.

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