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Arts & Entertainment Master glass blower at ‘Summertime’ show

For three years Japanese born glass blower Tadashi Torii has exhibited his skills at the Jackson County Green Energy Park.

Waynesville resident Tadashi Torii has been refining his skills for more than 22 years and has received numerous “Best In Show" for his efforts.

Torii’s work can be found in numerous private collections, and in public spaces such as The Four Seasons Hotel, Raleigh Marriott City Center, and museums including the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage in Georgia, the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama, the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. In summer 2011, Torii and his wife, artist Corina Pia, relocated to North Carolina.

Tadashi ToriiSince 2011, Torii has been a valuable addition to the Jackson County Green Energy Park giving live demos to the public, improving the studio, maintaining and repairing equipment in the winter months, and teaching “mini master” classes to the Fine Art Students of Western Carolina University.

The master of hot glass has been offered a position overseas and will soon become part of the history made at the Jackson County Green Energy Park.

This upcoming weekend at the Summertime show at the Ramsey Center, visitors will have one last opportunity to admire Torii's uniquely blown glass pieces, perhaps adding or starting a unique collection of fine blown glass. The artist is scheduled to take on a new position at a state-of-the-art glass studio in the city of Hamelin, Germany by late summer. Visit him at his booth at Summertime Fest to wish him farewell, get an autograph for your scrapbook and support his new journey with your purchase.


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