Oiva Toikka

My Beautiful Book
My Beautiful Book
The Artist's Autograph
The Artist's Autograph
My Grouse
My Grouse
Various Works
Various Works
The Artist
The Artist
Extraordinaire
Extraordinaire
Creator of beautiful things from the fun to the fantastic
Creator of beautiful things from the fun to the fantastic

 

Oiva Toikka: Master of Glass and Design, hand-blown glass art. Thrilling, delightful objects to grace one's shelf or table and to lift one's spirits each time one beholds them!

Dateline: Christmas, 2007

My George was not up to shopping for my gift.

He had always taken much time to find just the right gift or gifts.

But that year, his last Christmas, his memory and some of his other faculties failed to allow him to go out on his own to shop - or even to know what to shop for. So his son, George, Jr. took him. They asked me to make a list of things I would like. I'd never liked to make a list for someone to buy me gifts. I love the surprise and that they're "from the heart" of the giver. But, of course, this time - was an exception. I made a list.

I included a number of things so it would simplify the shopping expedition - the first time George Jr. had really experienced the degree of his Dad's infirmity, having only visited him here at our house on occasions or at their house on other occasions. So I wanted to make it as convenient as possible for them to find something, with all the considerations involved in gift-getting and had five or six items.

Of course, I only thought they'd get one or two things. A couple of the most special things I hoped for were a pretty vase for the flowers I love to arrange and a Toikka bird! George Jr's wife, Lucy, collected these lovely birds and I really would love one and it was the kind of thing George would have thought of if he had been able to!

But on Christmas I was totally surpised - they'd gotten EVERYTHING on the list and the items were still a surprise! For instance the kind of vase was totally unordinary and the Toikka bird was special, but even more amazing - they got me the book about the art and the artist - and not just one of the ordinary ones! There were a few of them at the museum store where they found the birds in which the artist had inscribed his autograph! They got Lucy a book too, for us to give her, but hers wasn't autographed. I didn't actually SEE the books, though! George Jr. left a note for me to know there was a package his Dad had. I saw no such package.

By a freak of fate, the books were misplaced and I didn't find them in the back of George's closet till after George's death. So you can imagine how much I treasure it. You see, George Jr. took all the other gifts with him to wrap for me, but let his Dad bring in the bag with the books. My George knew my book shouldn't be seen by me before Christmas, so he secreted it away - but immediately forgot all about buying it or having it, much less where he had hidden it! I only knew about the existence of another package through George Jr. who later explained about the autograph copy being for me and the other for Lucy. I gave Lucy the one they'd gotten for her for her next birthday after I found the copies, which was 9 months after my George had died. I was delighted they'd gotten the one for Lucy and it meant much to me that my George had opted to get an autographed one for me. So who is this marvelous artist? Let me tell you, briefly.

Professor Oiva Toikka (born 1931) is one of Finlands most noted glass designers and artists. His relationship with his his material is as varied as the pieces which always have an unprejudiced viewpoint. He's best known from the birds of the Nuutajarvi Glass Factory, which has produced these lovely thigns for over 30 years.


But over his long career, Oiva Toikka has also done much more: many objects and useful glassware that have been designed for mass production, playful fantasy object and unique pieces of glass art. The artist's imagination is vast and his expertise has matched his vision.


Toikka has worked as an artist and a designer as well as designing stage settings and costumes for operas and plays. He's earned numerous awards for his work.

It's less well known that he originally studied ceramics and has worked with the same company for 50 years! However, between 1960 and 1963, he had worked as a teacher in Lapland, until he applied for a job as a designer at the Nuutajärvi glassworks.

In addition to glass and ceramics, Toikka’s career has covered many other areas as well.

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59 comments

SilverGenes 6 years ago

Well, I don't know where to start. This is such an intimate, joyful, poignant tale of love that it touches the heart in unexpected ways. It seems to me your love was as beautiful, fantastic and fun as the glass birds so masterfully crafted.

Nellieanna, your gifts are extraordinary and I mean that to encompass all of them.

Hugs, Alexandra


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msorensson 6 years ago

Wow!! What beautiful work he creates!! Thank you for sharing!!

Much love,

Melinda


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

SilverGenes noted my intended comment on the beautifuly intimate moment of your enlightened Life...


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

These are extraordinary, uncommon and beautiful creations and I can understand why you are so fond of them, Nellieanna. I would be, too.

Thanks for sharing this personal and touching story and introducing Toikka to us.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra - I've looked at the book lying on the coffee table time and again and wanted to share some of him with Hubs. But it wasn't until the thought of telling the personal belovedness of it came to me that I really saw myself doing it. I'm just not that good a reviewer - I'd leave out some major detail if it were done in that way. So - I enjoyed this as much as anything I've written - the chance to introduce Toikka to those who might not know him and also to reminisce about how I found him. Thank you -and it encompasses all your kindesses, too!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Melinda - thank you! Isn't he amazing! It's a thrill to see the pure joy and love that goes into those pieces. Thanks for coming and commenting! And love to you as well! I appreciate it with all my heart.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist Acer - thank you for enjoying that special moment with me! How George would have enjoyed sharing this, too! He used to spend hours picking out a little Swarovski crystal animal for my menagerie. They had to have just the right personal expressions. Two of the same design would be different; - one would "do" and one wouldn't. :-) So all mine have the cutest expressions!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Nellieanna I am sipping a cup of rich Indian coffee as I consider the poetry you have written here. Your visit to my hub has become a cherished moment now that I have discovered how tenderly you share your thoughts and images... and your love. Thank you.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Nellieanna I puzzled over what it is about you and your writings (never mind the genre) that attracts me so, like a tractor beam. Reading this brought a tear to my eye, and a deeper understanding about what that something is. Thanks so much for sharing such intimacies and for bringing me to understand much more. And introducing me to a whole new art. BTW congratulations on the beautiful thoughtful interview in the hubpages weekly. You are all over, and I for one am glad. I believe that I am getting to know you more all the time. I for one, I know I told you before, look forward to your comments on my hubs. Thanks for taking so much time and care with us.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, you are a piece of art, a burning crystal candle, exposing the secrets of aesthetics. You’ve got the arcanum of Cajun cooking! Thank you so much for directing us to heart-warming, soul-filling parlours of ART – I took a peep at your Oasis. Awesome! Absolutely beautiful! I’m going to spend hours in there, for sure. Wanted to sign your guestbook, but – guess what – Time hit me between the eyes. Will rebel again a.s.a.p. and will hide in your oasis. Thank you so much for your fan mail. It was truly appreciated. I’m looking forward to relax on your pages. (Strange: I love to enjoy fine art, but I am too much of a Spartan to buy them! Yes, you may kick me!)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie- what a delightful comment! You are the jewel you mention in your profile. I'm so pleased you visited here and really happy that you went to my Oasis, too. It makes me feel that it's worthwhile to have made it. I have never tried for lots of "hits" on my site, but made it - and make it - , first of all, to be able to express what I have to express and then, for people to share who would perceive it - which of course, aren't attracted in masses, but as individuals. So it is most gratifying when a person finds and likes it! Thank you. And it's the same with Hubs, except that I find so many more individuals as I'd hoped for here! It's like an oasis itself!

As for being a Spartan, I have no problem with that. I "own" things lightly. If I do have them, I feel like an observer, only up closer. And if I don't, I can love their beauty just as much. The book of Toikka's works is full of pieces I love as though my own The thing I love most about the one I have is that George chose it for me and wanted me to have it. That is very dear to me.

Now, though - when it comes to teddy bears, I really must HAVE them. It's not enough to just think about a teddy bear!! :-)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Storytellersrus - Lovely! That coffee sounds scrumptuous. I've been asleep for hours but awoke (laptop on lap, going) and hadn't decided whether or not to go back to sleep, but now I think coffee is in order and being awake for awhile, even though it's in wee hours!

I'm thrilled that you've come here and that you liked my stuff! That is really gratifying! I'm just as pleased to find your hub! Thank you so much for both!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Steve - dear friend! WOW. I'm speechless. It is something that truly warms my heart deeply to be understood (and nice if it also means being liked!).

It's the person's own individuality which is the "paydirt" for others to find. Like discovering a gold mine.

There is no point in mimicking anyone else or over-refining ones' skills if it scrapes off too much of who one is. Oh, of course, it's good to polish that up, so as to discover for oneself more about it and having more of oneself to share, if that's of interest, but polishing up should be only for bringing out one's own luster, not for becoming "other".

I love reading your stories because they are who you are and that's what you do. You're authentically who YOU are and just keep showing up in all your facets. That's why I look forward to and love to comment on your hubs. You're a really good story-teller about the things of your life and you have a treasure-trove of good information and share it so generously!

It's easy to understand that you'd like Toikka's art - it has beauty and also a very real quality. One can just imagine him actually working with that molten glass and doing all the processes that it must take to get those effects and shapes. And then to produce such wonderful stuff!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Beautiful work! I lived in a community of artists and glass blowers love the cold. It gets so hot.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh - yeah - I'll bet! What I read about the process is - whooooooo - very intense and hot - and everything happens so FAST! They must race from one area to another quickly to get all the different colors and effects. It's not an art for sissies, I gather!! Glad you enjoyed this.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

I love your grouse! :)

As usual, it was wonderful to read another nugget from your life...you have a marvellous facility for bringing stories alive! :)


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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Nellieanna. You bring the same qualities to your prose that you have in your poetry.

Thankyou for a moving hub, and for sharing some of your beautiful memories.


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Arthur Windermere 6 years ago

What an interesting artist. Glad to know he and his weird birds exist. I said in some little article I wrote that an artist needs obsession. I think committing one's life to making birds out of glass is a pretty good example of obsession.


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

To receive everything on your Christmas list merely tells me how much love was in the hearts of the givers for the one who is to receive. Of course finding the hidding place of the missing gift must have been an awsome moment.

As always it is a joy to share your most treasured moments.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Love transcends the confines of time. George was "lucky" to share his love with you and you with him. Great hub! The better you communicate, the luckier you get at love... Your sharing with us is an act of love transcending your relationship with George. Another, "Norman Rockwell" Americana, warm, cozy, feelings of fireplace and lots of conversations...


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miss_jkim 6 years ago

Nell,

I have seen some of these pieces without knowing anything about the artist. I’ve always thought they were lovely and I adore your Grouse. Thanks for sharing the info about Toikka, this gives me a new appreciation of his work.

When you share the stories and little snippets about your life with George, in good times and tough times, the love that flows through you onto your medium of choice is powerful. You have a way of sharing the purity and depth of your love for George that is so genuine that it’s thick and rich in the air.

George must have been a wonderful man and how lucky you two were to have each other and have such a love for one another.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Gosh, they are stunning and beautiful. Thank you for you wonderfully written about you last Christmas. Your are such a wonderful person and I am so pleased to have found you to be able to read your awesome stories. I get spellbound. Your style of writing is just so fluent and beautiful. Thank you.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Those really ARE beautiful. I had the honour of seeing how glass is "blown". I forgot where I was. For some reason, one of the Disneyworld parks are coming to my mind. Yeah, I think it was Disneyworld. Anyway, it was amazing to me. I think I was 10 then but I'll never forget it (I act like it was ages ago... it was only 8 years ago).

Anyway, I thought them blowing up drinking glasses and vases were amazing. I've never seen anything like what you shared in this Hub. Thank you for sharing!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

FP - thank you, dear friend. It was a nugget, for sure - a very prescious nugget. As I'm relating something from my life, it lives and I just scribe it. Thank you for the praise! Your good opinion is so treasured!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

christopheranton - thank you - ;-) - Perhaps my poetry and prose are similar - all except for the brevity of the poetry!! I joke (sort of) and say it's how I can distinquish which is which! It is my pleasure to share those memories and I'm most grateful for your interest in them.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

AW - Yes - they're weird and highly imaginative, aren't they? Surely an obsession - but then, the clamouring for them has surely been an incentive. They are not his only artform though - just the most prolific. It's difficult for me to imagine making anything out of glass.

My one experience with trying to throw a clay pot was quite enlightening, (started out large & magnificent, ended up small & plebian).

Then to consider a medium to be hot enough to be liquid & harden quickly into adamantine material - wow. (of course, I understand that glass is a very very slow-moving liquid!)

But if I could do it - I can imagine it becoming an obsession. Most of the stuff I can do has been obsessive.. hehe

Thank you, dear AW. A fun comment, as usual.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

What a classy hub. And to give tribute to this very talented artist. Glass blowing is very intricate and it takes a long time to become as proficient at it as this man is. Bless George's heart for trying his best under the circumstances to fulfill your list. I loved the photo of those three little birds:0) thank you for the share.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin, Oh - yes - it felt like lots of love. I could imagine being with them as they shopped @ NorthPark Mall (I think it was) in the interesting shops there and George finding what was on the list and deciding the example of it would "do". He was always so particular about his decision of a gift.

Oh - yes - it was awesome when I found the bag with the missing gift. I thought "what's this" - then it dawned on me that the shopping bag was from a VERY special store and when I found the books wrapped in tissue paper in it, - I just broke down and bawled. I could relive his thoughts when he felt the need to hide it till Christmas - and putting it back behind all his old cameras and camera-gear. I was amazed.

Andy. . . Thank you for sharing those moments, dear friend.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dallas - for sure - love transcends all confines. We were truly fortunate to have shared 30 years of really good life togethre. Even when his memory and many of his faculties were diminishing we still were abke to have wonderful discussions with each other and also with special friends, and about so many things beyond ourselves. He had an in-depth view and was a great thinker. And he wrote very well, usually technical subjects, but also some lovely poetry. It was a very good life we shared, whatever we were engaged in.

Thanks for the sweet response! it's touching.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Miss_Jkim - I know the feeling of seeing an object like that and wondering about it. - Even hearing a melody can be haunting till one finds out what it is. I'm so pleased that you now know Toikka.

It's amazing how much quality of life is captured in its little snippets. The only tough times between George and me were due to his illness. He and I had each endured our tough times before we met - and we could understand them - and perhaps it helped us avoid them together and appreciate what we had all the more. I talk to him daily. It's amazing how many things I barely noticed at the time are such reminders now. It's both poignant and very sweet. And it is definitely genuine. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello,hello - It was a very sweet Christmas in many ways. We got to spend it with George Jr. and his daughters and their families in Austin. George's great grandson, Logan, was only 7 and very rambunctuous, but it took only a gentle reminder that his PeePaw was perhaps not going to live forever and he became very attentive. I know he's been quite aware of the loss, even though they've never lived close by and his times with George were quite limited. It was very special that Christmas.

Thanks for your lovely praise of my telling of it! I'm glad to have found you as well.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

kaltopsyd - thank you for your interesting comments! I saw glass being blown somewhere along my way too - an awesome spectacle! I can appreciate how it must have impressed you at age 10! That's a very impressionable year of a person's life.

Actually Troikka did made drinking glasses and other serving vessels. They are unique too, and possibly as difficult, though maybe less creativity is put to them since they're for practical use.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - Classy - that's a most nice thing to say; I should say it's a classy thing to say! With such a subject as Toikka, it's hard not to be rather elegant. It's hard to imagine how he developed such skill and also retained the whimsical sensitivity which weaves through his work, both in the birds and in his "lollipops" - another

Yes, George must have really exerted and exhausted himself on that shopping spree. George Jr. was amazed and humbled to realize how big a challenge it was for us daily during those last couple of years. He honestly had only observed that his Dad's memory wasn't too good previously. But it was much more serious as he was losing the ability to hold on to a sequence. Reading became impossible. Everything he attempted had the undercurrents of getting immediately "lost" and his physical acuity was fading too. But I have never known anyone with more courage and will to go on cheerfully.

Yes - I love those three little birds too. There are just so many pictures of the works, it's hard to choose. Thanks for your unique comments and observations.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

The art is absolutely gorgeous. I especially liked those 3 little ducks, but it was all lovely. What a talented artist and a lovely story to tell also.


Inkwell780 6 years ago

Nice art! It must've taken a lot of work to make those glass figurines. Oiva should be proud of his toiling with glass. I especially loved the Penguin..... It must take patience to mold your soul into glass! Great stuff. Matt James


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela - thank you! I love those little fellows too. I have such admiration for his art and enjoyed telling the story to go with it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes - I'd agree it must take a lot of work. He's still at designing them, I believe, though he has glass artisons working with him, too. I'm sure he would agree that his soul is molded into every piece. Thank you, Matt for reading and enjoying this.


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suny51 6 years ago

Hello Nellieanna Ma'm,

I visited this page many a times since you have published it and not finding the matching words,I didn't write nothing,but as I could still not manage any thing to say to match the great works done by Oiva Tokkia, and your descriptions I am just writing "Thanks Nellieanna mam".


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suny - I understand. When I look at the works of this unique artist, I hardly know what to say myself. It's probably one reason I just tried to explain the special circumstances under which I became the owner of one of his pieces, rather than describing his technique and what-all it means artistically. It's just wonderful and that says it all. Thank YOU for commenting, even though it was difficult to decide what to say! You always say the right things, my friend!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Nelli, I am back with another cup of coffee to read all your lovely kudos! Here's to caffeine and lying awake at night, haha.


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VagabondE 6 years ago from Hitting the road again

Your story telling is exquisite like a fine piece of art only surpassed by your wonderful poetry.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Storyteller - thank you! If only there were more hours in the 24. LOL. Ever since I was a kid, though- even though sleeping is nice and I sometimes would dream I could fly - still - I resented having to stop reading to shut my eyes. I've never gotten any better at it! Thank goodness for good coffee!! (it never interfers with sleep when I'm ready to let go of consciousness, though!) Thank you for returning again!!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Nellieanna, What a wonderful way you have with words and great expression. That was a beautiful story and a wonderful part of your life. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Cheers to you.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eileen - thank you, m'dear! I appreciate the approval - and yes, it was a wonderful part of my life. I can truthfully say that every day of my life is wonderful, but those were the idyllic, crystalline days of it which continue to nourish my heart and soul - and even lend light to the present. It's nice to be able to share that. I'd never really believed - or known - that one person could be so everlastingly meaningful to another. But he was and is.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I do not posess something as beautiful as this, but I have held something similar in my hands. There is just that subtle difference about an article made by the human hand, and something similar made by a machine in a factory. When the cold piece of glass lie in the hollow of your hand, you can feel the intensity of the artist behind it. Even though the glass is as cold as ice, it touches the heart with a warm glow.It leaves man in a state of awe.

George has had this understanding that you could feel this presence of life in the annimation. I can completely understand why these pieces of glass can create a unbreakable link of memories. There are people in our lives that, even not there in the physical bodies anymore, can maintain their presence. The unity is just too strong, and even the wrath of God cannot penetrate that shield.

If I could wish something dear to all mankind, this is what I will give them, that special something you had with this amazing man in your life.

I beg you , no I employ you, encircle this beautiful little birds with the arms of your soul, hug them, close your eyes. Then shed a tear of joy, as I am doing now.

Real love always makes me cry, perhaps that is ultimate joy....


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, dear Equealla - yes, they do, they do - both the hand made objects being able to transmit their liveliness to one who caresses them and the dear loved ones who can be with us through time and space.

I'd wish this kind of love for all too. It's possilbe - but takes "two to tango" as they say. It doesn't hurt that one of them is an amazing guy!!

I will heed what you emplore right now! Thank you!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

A beautiful story of love and art! Thanks for letting us share this beauty, this intimate glimpse into your life. It has made me feel very special.

Love and peace

Tony


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tony! Thank you! It is a beautiful story. Thank you for appreciating it and feeling it. Hugs - Nellieanna


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Beautiful glass works of art - and what a lovely story surrounding it! Nellianna - you just bring so much warmth and life into every incident - loved this hub!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shalini, thank you! It was a pleasure to make this hub for those reasons. Beautiful art work and artist plus wonderful personal remembrances to go with it!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Lovely I have seen a little of the work from Toikka having relatives from that neck of the woods and so glad to see you have some of his work. Perhaps you enjoy listening to a little Sibileus or Part Nellieanna also ? Your story makes the art even more memorable no doubt.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

My goodness, what a talent and it is a rare talent and wonderful memories, Maita


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes - that's it - rare talent in him and wonderful memories for me!! Thanks, Maita!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Such a touching story, as if your George gave you a gift after his death, a goodbye gift.

I love blown glass - love to watch the creation of it - and this stuff is fabulous. Thanks for showing us how important our possessions can be, not just things, but what lies behind the physicality of them.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

That's so very true, Dolores. It's just 'material' without some special memories and connections attached. And of course - we don't really have to have the 'things' to have those - but when we do have both, it's quite special! I've only seen glass blowing maybe once - at a museum display. It was fascinating. I can just imagine what it takes to create things like these by the basic method involved, how many extras must be introduced and planned for - and all so time-sensitive! The book tells more about the processes. It's truly amazing. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Dolores!


mohamedfigo 6 years ago

All the appreciation for sharing this great art and your beautiful memory

And This reminds us that love is the most beautiful thing in the world


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh yes - truly love is, mohamedfigo! Thank you so much. It does my heart good that you enjoyed this wonderful artist's work!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

What beautiful works of art! Thank you so much for teaching me about Toikka and the beautiful things he creates. rated up and beautiful


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, toknowinfo! If I had unlimited funds, I'd have a huge collection of his beautiful creations. But I'm pleased to have the one! Thank you for the votes too!

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