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DESIGNER: Oiva Toikka
LIMITED EDITION: Yes
SIGNED: O. Toikka Nuutajärvi, 2012
MEASUREMENTS: 9” x 3 ¾” (23cm x 9.5 cm)
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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Toikka Birds with the limited edition 2012 Annual Bird - Mirella. According to Professor Oiva Toikka, black and white are colors of “good taste,” so Mirella is made in the best of taste. Made by rolling white powder onto a clear glass bubble, followed by a black glass band rotating around the bubble, the bird seems dressed up in its most formal attire. Black glass is added for the tail and then the bird form is shaped.Gray glass is then added for the head and beak, which takes on a bluish hue when the light hits it just right. The bird is round and plump, but charmingly so, with its long beak and tail extending from either end of its rotund center like two proud points.
The 2012 collection of birds by Oiva Toikka are individually mouth-blown by the master glassblowers at iittala’s glassworks in Nuutajärvi, Finland. Each handcrafted iittala Toikka Annual Mirella Bird carries the signature “O. Toikka Nuutajärvi” on its base to ensure authenticity.