In recognition of the 10 year anniversary of the glassblowing partnership between Museum of Glass and Finland’s iittala, Inc., the 2013 exhibition An Experiment in Design Production: The Enduring Birds of iittala pays special attention to the history of the iittala glass factory in Nuutajärvi, Finland. Like other recent closures in Europe, such as the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland, Nuutajärvi has reached a point of no return and is likely to close its doors sometime in 2014. The exhibition opens September 25 and runs through January 12, 2014.
10th Annual Bird Lovers Weekend October 12-13
For the weekend celebration on October 12 and 13, iittala master glassblowers Arto Lahtinen and Kirsi Antila will work in the Hot Shop and create a selection of Oiva Toikka’s bird designs. Other activities include bird-related art activities as part of Family Day, Saturday, October 12 and live bird visits from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday, October 13.
Wood Ducks- A mated pair of resplendently colored wood ducks has been selected as the focus of iittala’s 2013 residency and this is the first year that two birds, rather than one, have been chosen.