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Guest Artist Demonstration: Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko

The Corning Museum of Glass recently hosted guest glassmakers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko. Both gaffers are visiting from the Iittala factory in Finland for a celebration of renowned designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds. Since the first birds entered production in 1972, Birds by Toikka has become an international institution offering collectors and enthusiasts hundreds of stunning objects to acquire. When asked about his fascination with birds, Oiva Toikka always answers that the birds' fluid form is ideally suited to representation in glass.