The Glass Ornament Tree

In 2013, Nuutajärvi celebrated the 220th anniversary of the glassworks and Tavastia Vocational College marked the 20th anniversary of vocational education in glassmaking. The training of glass artisans began at Wetterhoff School of Arts and Crafts at the initiative of Professor Oiva Toikka in 1993. To mark the anniversary year, the Logistics and Building and the Glass programmes of Tavastia Vocational College jointly built the Glass Ornament Tree in Nuutajärvi in 2013. Its frame has a height of 3.2 metres and the tree itself is made up of about 1,600 vividly coloured mouth-blown glass ornaments. The frame was designed and manufactured at Tavastia Vocational College’s adult education stream for metalworking. The glass spheres were blown by former and current glass students and by practising and retired glassblowers. The tree is modelled on a similar artwork on display at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. The Glass Ornament Tree has been placed outdoors for all to see.

The instructors for the project were Sara Hulkkonen and Marika Kinnunen from the Crafts department hot glass studio and Mika Toivanen and Pentti Seppänen from the metal studio.

The various phases in making the Glass Ornament Tree are described on Nuutajärvi’s glassmaking training blog (in Finnish).