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Alchemy: Artists Pushing The Boundaries Of Glass

Alongside the wide-sweeping social and political upheaval of the 1960s, a new form of glass art was born that gave artists more freedom to explore political and artistic ideas. While glass had long been available to artists, new technology developed in 1962 allowed them to work with it in smaller studio spaces, which paved the way for artists to take glass art in a new direction. 

The new exhibition “Alchemy” at the Penland School of Crafts features 12 artists who take glass art in new and different directions. Host Frank Stasio talks to Robin Dreyer, communications manager for the Penland School of Crafts, about their glass program.

Artist Dean Allison also joins the conversation to share how he creates his three-dimensional glass portraits, which are on display as part of the exhibition. “Alchemy” is on display in the Penland Gallery and Visitors Center in Penland until September 16.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.