Love Terra Studios? We’ve got BIG news! Terra Studios is Using Art to Create a Better World. Please join us as we celebrate transitioning to a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring creativity and to maintaining and improving the FREE, community art park. Please support Terra Studios’ Fun-Raiser, Sunday, November 16, 1 – 5 p.m. to fund classes, children’s programs, accessibility, and an open studio where everyone can be an artist. Ticket information here. Can’t attend? Donate any amount (please use the donate button on right sidebar.) Thanks for your support!
Terra Studios, home of the original Blue Bird of Happiness, lies nestled in the heart of the Ozarks. Here in this secluded valley our highly skilled artists bring form out of fire and flame. These exquisite art glass creations, highly valued all over the world, are available in our on-line store. The shimmering Bluebird of Happiness and the graceful Pink Bird of Hope are offered in a variety of styles and make a perfect introduction to the artistic traditions of Terra Studios.
Take a tour of our delightful gallery, showcasing over a local hundred artists, where you can choose from a wide variety of whimsical and elegant creations. From glimmering glass to elven birdhouses, from fairy doors to fabulous silk, here you can find a treasured gift or a piece of art, jewelry, or cookware for your own collection.
Each week Terra Studios will give away one (1) free Bluebird of Happiness to one of our customers. No purchase is necessary. Simply e-mail us at happy(at)terrastudios.com and type "Get Happy" in the subject line for your chance to win. You may enter weekly; please limit entries to one per week per customer. You will be added to our newletter list; no worries, we do not share or sell your information. Winners will be notified via e-mail and congratulated (first name and state only) on our facebook page. Bluebirds will be shipped at our cost to the winner within the continental U.S. No international shipping is available for this offer. Thank you for your support!
The original Bluebird of Happiness® was created by Master Glass Craftsman, Leo Ward in 1980. Leo first created a glass bird, and because so many bluebirds made their homes in the beautiful White River Valley, Rita asked him to make a "bluebird." Everyone who saw it loved it, and they eventually placed an ad in a local magazine. Sales soared.
In the Old World tradition, every Bluebird of Happiness was signed with the name of their creator, Leo Ward, and the date made. The Bluebird of Happiness glass figurines are now a registered trademark of Terra Studios, all rights reserved. Today, all of our products are created by glass artists Duane Dunn and Gary Carter. (You may learn more about them by visiting the Glassblower page in the Gallery tab of our site.)
Leo and his wife, Rita, a sculptor and potter, and their son, John Ward, artist, cartoonist and master potter, founded Terra Studios in 1975. In 2007, Leo and Rita retired (the family continues to create art at their home studios,) and Terra Studios was purchased by James Ulick, artist, musician, and entrepreneur. Ulick is leading its transition to a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to create a better world.
To date, over 8 million bluebirds have been sold worldwide; many have been given as gifts to dignitaries and celebrities including former U.S. President Clinton and former Russian President Gorbachev, several Arkansas governors, senators and numerous representatives.
The Pink Bird of Hope® is a fabulous collaboration between Terra Studios and the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. 10% of all Pink Bird sales are donated to help find the cure!
Grace & Gratitude© are the newest creation at Terra Studios. Sales of the pink and blue glass angels benefit seven local children’s charities.
The glass furnaces used at Terra are fired by natural gas and are a continuous feed two-chambered design. The side chamber is where the raw glass is melted at about 2200-2300 degrees Fahrenheit. The front chamber or working chamber is usually run at 1900-2000 degrees.
Finished pieces are placed into the annealing oven (or lehr) at about 900 degrees F and cooled gradually over a period of about 48 hours. This keeps the glass from becoming unstable or brittle.
The raw glass mix, or ‘batch’, is composed of pure silica sand, soda ash, dolomitic limestone and several other minor ingredients.
The colors in the glass are achieved by adding metal oxides in small amounts to the batch as it is being mixed. We only run one batch (one color) at a time. Black copper oxide is used for the blue and erbium for the pink.