Iittala - Birds by Toikka since 1972
Birds by Toikka - GlassDesign since 1972
Oiva Toikka is oneof the leading glass designers of Finland. He belongs alongside TapioWirkkala and TimoSarpaneva to the most creative Finnish glass designers. In1972 he started with his Birdsin the oldest glassworks of Finland in Nuutajärvi.
The ancient art ofglassblowing
The birds are freedeformed with the help of a few tools such as scissors, tongs, etc.That means they are not blown into a mold but shaped by the glassmakerby blowing, drawing with graphite plates and small homemade tools. Afree deformation of glass requires highest technical skills.Furthermore, the designer must know the complex material very well, sothat the processing can be carried out largely error-free. In theliquid state glass is a highly sensitive material, by surface injurybound gas can solve (blistering), by contact with the tools it can alsolead to undesirable crystallization, to name just a few problems. Inparticular, with free manual work it often leads to these typicalerrors.
Each original is unique
But Oiva Toikka is a realexpert of this craftsmanship, so he prevents in designing the Birds.His Birds are a real decorative highlight through his design. Throughlight and reflection they always look different and you will find newnuances in these natural but artistic glass objects. Through theelaborate handwork each piece precipitates slightly different and isunique. Often and even Iittalatried to copy this extraordinary series, but lack of glass processingknowledge of the designers never succeeded. Yearly there is offered theBird and the Egg of the year, which are limited. Since 2014, the Birdsare manufactured by skilled glassmakers in the Iittala glassworks.
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