Created through a unique production process that gives extra lustre to the glass, the Red Cardinal is a bright red bird with a plump figure whose head is cocked to one side. Oiva Toikka’s interpretation of this beloved bird came about in large part because of requests from American collectors. This bird has appeal for both bird enthusiasts and lovers of glass art.
Each bird is made individually by hand at Iittala’s sister factory in Nuutajãrvi, Finland. Birds have been a source of inspiration to Oiva Toikka for 30 years. Toikka’s is one of the greatest names in Finnish glass, and the glass birds are his best-known works. The series has been an international success, with works included in some of the world’s most important museums and collections.