The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a lecture and demonstration at 6 p.m. on the Hot Glass Show Stage.
Toikka, a critically acclaimed glass designer from Finland, was inspired by the fluid and lyrical shape of the bird to design his "Birds" series for the internationally recognized Finnish glass company, iittala, in 1973. Each bird is designed by Toikka, and executed in glass by expert glassblowers who have mastered his techniques. This hand-crafting ensures that no two pieces are alike.
His most recent design, titled "Bluebird," captures the cheer of New York's state bird, and will be available in limited edition exclusively in the GlassMarket in the museum. Following the lecture, Toikka will be available to sign his "Birds" which are now on sale in the GlassMarket.
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