Imagination to Creation: Oiva's Birds
- Corning Museum of Glass
- The Studio
- Corning, NY 14830
- October 18, 2018 to October 21, 2018
- Recurring daily
Finnish glassmaking lands in Corning! The Corning Museum of Glass is excited to once again host guest glassmakers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko for the third annual Imagination to Creation: Oiva’s Birds. 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 is 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.
Join us for the unique opportunity to watch as gaffers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko produce Oiva Toikka’s famed bird designs at The Studio Hot Shop of The Corning Museum of Glass.
NEW: As part of the event, we will be taking advanced suggestions for birds already designed by Oiva Toikka that you'd like to see made by Welling and Saarikko. After the event is concluded the birds will be available on-site at The Corning Museum of Glass Shops and at shops.cmog.org.
From children looking for an adventure to artists looking for inspiration, there’s something for everyone at The Corning Museum of Glass. Explore 3,500 years of glassmaking history in the world’s largest collection of glass, featuring 45,000 pieces of classic and contemporary glass art. At the Hot Glass Show, watch live, narrated, glassmaking demonstrations, and see master glassblowers create stunning pieces before your eyes. Flameworking, Optical Fiber, and Glassbreaking Demos are also offered throughout the day. The only thing better than watching the wonder of glassmaking is trying it yourself! Make Your Own Glass in short, daily workshops: choose from fused picture frames and suncatchers, sandblasted drinking glasses, flameworked beads, pulled-glass flowers or delicate blown ornaments. Get hands-on with the science of glass at Do It! stations in the Innovation Center. Best of all, kids and teens 17 and under are free; adult admission is $19.50. AAA/CAA, Military, Student, and 55+ receive a 15% discount. Local residents receive a 50% discount. Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, the Museum is open until 8:00 pm.