Museum of Glass Announces 9th Annual Bird Lovers’ Weekend, Oct 5-7

Museum of Glass and Finland’s iittala, Inc. are teaming up once again for a weekend dedicated to birds and bird enthusiasts.  This three-day event features the debut of the newest Birds by Toikka species, Western Tanager, a limited-edition design of only 250 pieces.  Western Tanager is available for purchase in the MOG Store.

Internationally recognized artist Oiva Toikka has designed hundreds of glass bird species for iittala, a Finnish design company.  Since 2004, Toikka has created an annual exclusive bird design that premieres at the Museum of Glass.  A display of these birds, along with rare prototypes and other specimens from the Museum’s collection and private collections, is currently on view in the Grand Hall.

For the weekend celebration, iittala master glassblower Tero Välimaa and Heikki Hiukkamäki will work in the Hot Shop and create a selection of Toikka’s bird designs.  Other activities include live bird visits from Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, bird-related art activities and a lecture by Studio Glass historian and artist Walter Lieberman.

Western Tanager 2012

On Sunday, the Museum of Glass Store will host a Bird Lovers’ Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A selection of the birds created in the Hot Shop on Friday and Saturday will be available for purchase, and Välimaa and Hiukkamäki will be present to sign these one-of-a-kind sculptures.  This event is included with Museum admission, which is free for Museum of Glass members.

Previous Birds by Toikka species created for the Museum of Glass include American Goldfinch (2004), Pacific Water Fowl (2005), Spotted Towhee (2006), Red-winged Blackbird (2007), Ruffed Grouse (2008), Swift (2009), Kingfisher (2010) and Woodpecker (2011).

9th Annual Bird Lovers Weekend
October 5 – 7, 2012

Schedule of Events:
2012 limited-edition Western Tanager available for purchase in the Museum Store
Birds by Toikka display in the Grand Hall featuring specimens from the Museum of Glass
and private collections
Birds by Toikka glass bird-making demonstrations by Iittala’s Tero Välimaa and
Heikki Hiukkämki in the Hot Shop
Live bird visits from Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (11 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day)
Bird-related art activities
Lecture by Studio Glass historian and artist Walter Lieberman, 2 p.m. Sunday

Bird Lovers’ Brunch
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary brunch and no-host bar and be among the first to purchase select Birds by Toikka specimens created in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop.  Artists Tero Välimaa and Heikki Hiukkämki will be present to sign these one-of-a-kind birds.

$12 general | FREE for MOG members



The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions.  In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store.

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Boeing Company Charitable Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, Arts Fund, Forest Foundation, and Sequoia Foundation, Dimmer Family Foundation, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Puget Sound Energy and Windgate Foundation.

Hours and Admission

Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Store is also open Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day):  also open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for members, $12 general, $10 seniors, military and students (13+ with ID), $10 groups of 10 or more, $5 children (6-12) years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Info Line 253-284-4750/ 1-866-4MUSEUM

Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street Tacoma, WA  98402

For more information about Museum of Glass:  Susan Newsom, Communications Manager,