Add “Every Soil Bears Not Everything” to Your Home

By Haley Judson, Marketing and Communications Intern

No trip to Museum of Glass is complete without browsing the gift shop. Celebrate the final weeks of the Museum’s exhibition Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace: Every Soil Bears Not Everything with a nature-themed token to remind you of your visit.

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For those who want to learn more about the exhibition, open through September 6, and other works created by these two Studio Glass artists, pick up a copy of the Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace catalogue for $55. Readers will enjoy the book’s discussion of their pieces that reflect the natural world, such as the artists’ Botanicals series.

Visitors should also check out the Museum Store’s selection of fruit that showcases vibrant colors seen in the exhibition. Want to add some fruit to your home? The yellow apple is $90 and the red apple is $65. Both are pictured above.

Although the Botanicals portion of the exhibition has closed, visitors are still treated to the artists’ floral designs found on their Alphabet Cylinders. Feeling the flower power? Check out the Store’s selection of glass flowers for your home. Our flowers come in all shapes and sizes, but I think this yellow flower, pictured above, in particular will remind you why Kirkpatrick and Mace are inspired by nature. These flowers are $50 each. Smaller flower sets are available in-store and online for $30.

Lastly, birds also play a prominent role in the exhibition. Add a little nature décor to your home with the Store’s variety of Global Village Glass Studio creatures. Choose from mini birds for $10 and lady bugs for $1.

Become a Museum of Glass member and save 10% every time you shop at the Museum Store. You’ll also enjoy extra seasonal discounts throughout the year!

Bird Lovers’ Weekend

By the Visitor Services Team 

Another year marks another Bird Lovers’ Weekend here at Museum of Glass (MOG). This past weekend, October 2 through 4, we celebrated our 12th Annual Bird Lovers’ Weekend in conjunction with the great Professor Oiva Toikka and Iittala. Each October, Finnish master glassmakers come to MOG for a weekend of exclusive bird-making in the Hot Shop. This year’s annual bird is the Steller’s Jay, which is pictured below:

The 2015 Museum of Glass annual Bird, the Steller's Jay.

This year, master glassmakers and students of Professor Toikka, Arto Lahtinen and Helena Welling, came to Tacoma and made a flock of birds over the weekend. In conjunction with the glassblowing, we had special guest birds here on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4.


Taima, the Seattle Seahawks live mascot, was here on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Taima is an 11-year-old augur hawk, and has been the Hawks mascot for six years. He was very calm during his visit and even took photos with visitors at the Museum! On Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium brought some exotic birds to the Museum, including a Bald Eagle with a six-foot wingspan.


Professor Toikka’s iconic collection of birds first took flight back in 1972 with the creation of the small Flycatchers. Today, Iittala Birds by Toikka are enjoyed by collectors all over the world, serving as simple reminders of the poetry in everyday life. Professor Toikka has created over 400 different species of birds over the last 40 years.

Would you like a little sneak peek of next year’s annual bird? The decision is not set in stone, but the Pacific coastal Ruddy Duck is high on the list!


Till next time, bird lovers!