Oiva Toikka (born 1931, in Viipuri/Vyborg)
Professor Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish glass. He is most renown for his work for Iittala. Originally trained in ceramics, he took up glass design later in life. Along with his glassware designs such as the popular Kastehelmi range, Toikka is best known for the Iittala ‘glass birds’ series which he started producing in 1973.
His imaginative, rich and bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design. He has enjoyed an international career and received numerous awards both international and local for his continued excellence with glass. Professor Toikka is still active today. His designs are produced at the glass factory at Nuutajärvi.