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Museum Weekend is for the Birds

Anna's HummingbirdAnna's Hummingbird

TACOMA, Wash.-Those who love artist Oiva Toikka's glass birds by iittala are flocking to the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Washington State later this week for a special Bird Lover's exhibit and bird-making demonstrations by iittala master glassblowers.

Toikka's career with iittala spans 40 years, and in that time he has designed more than 400 glass birds. Each bird is individually mouthblown and incorporates new color combinations and techniques. The exhibit, which will take place here Oct. 3-5, will spotlight Birds by Toikka. To commemorate the weekend, Toikka has designed a new bird, Anna's Hummingbird, as an exclusive for the Museum of Glass. The green hummingbird, with a pink head and a gold-flecked breast, will be on view at the museum's Hot Shop balcony. Additionally, 200 limited-edition birds will be available for purchase.

Birds by Toikka glass bird-making demonstrations will be held by iittala artists Arto Lahtinen and Helena Welling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Hot Shop, the museum's 90-foot-tall amphitheater and working glass studio. On Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2-3 p.m., a lecture on Oiva Toikka will be held in the Hot Shop.

In addition, a "make your own bird" hands-on activity will be offered Thursday, Oct. 2, to celebrate the beginning of Bird Lover's weekend. Participants will work on the Hot Shop floor with glass artists from iittala to create their own glass bird.