Artist Tadashi Torii was born in Japan, but while studying business at Georgia Southwestern State University, he discovered the school's glass blowing studio. He completed a BFA in glassblowing and sculpture and went on to spend more than five years working with glass artist Richard Jolley in Knoxville. These days, Torii (who has earned numerous awards for his art glass) is based in Dillsboro, though his work can be found in museums like Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage in Georgia, the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Alabama and the Tennessee State Museum. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, HandMade in America and Beverly-Hanks collaborate to feature Torii at an artist’s reception. Held at the Beverly-Hanks offices in Biltmore Park Town Square, 5:30-8 p.m. http://www.handmadeinamerica.org.