Reima Maaronen was born in Nuutajärvi in 1957 and has worked with glass since 1972. Over the years, he has developed his skills and evolved into a masterful glass blower, whose hands have created the Birds by Toikka, as well as the works of numerous other artists. He has also honed his skills at summer workshops that have been organised at Nuutajärvi and led by Venetian masters. This is also reflected in Maaronen´s own work, in which his imagination, blowing skills and management of versatile foundry techniques have been combined with Italian influences.