October 31, 2009
In 1975, Leo Ward and his wife opened a studio in Washington County and began to establish themselves as locally respected artists. At the 1982 War Eagle Fair, they marketed one of their creations, called the bluebird of happiness. The bluebird became very popular; millions have been sold worldwide, with thousands of gift shops selling them in the United States alone. All glass and handcrafted, the signed birds come in a variety of colors, but blue is the most popular.