New ideas in art glass at American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

Ira Glass On The Art--And Intimacy-- Of The Interview

13, Klenells installation consists of a half-dozen glass trees clustered together. Their hollow trunks are about 5 inches in diameter and at least 6 feet tall, topped with sparkling crystalline crowns of glass shaped to suggest abstract leaves and branches. Made by pouring molten glass into molds, her forest is a fragile fantasy reminiscent of the frost landscapes that materialize on old windows on bitter winter days. Homeland is about longing, Klenell said. Its about leaving home and then constructing an image of home, of cutting roots and planting new roots in a new land.

Sheridan woman creates stained glass art

The hobby turned into a full-time career in 1990. The appeal for me was how light changes the glass, said Kucera, about how the art class inspired her to pursue working with stained glass full time. I can hardly wait to get it stuck together enough to pick it up and look through it and see what the light does to it and that has been ongoing for 20 plus years. Kucera primarily takes custom commissions and had also taught classes in previous years. I have my very first project still, she said. I used to do some teaching and my students of course were always hardest on themselves. When they would get frustrated with what they thought wasnt going well, I showed them my first piece! Student frustrations aside, Kucera said the art form is actually not hard to learn, but practice and repetition is the key to creating consistently good work. For the pieced work, once youve built a piece, youve gone through all the steps and the rest is pretty much practice, so it is not a difficult process to learn, she said. It is more difficult to master the fit, to fit the pieces together.

By: Miles Kohrman Public radio is back in vogue, and Ira Glass, acclaimed host of Public Radio International's This American Life is perhaps the most celebrated figure the business. He's made waves on the Internet, inspiring creative adaptations of his work , and creating a frenzy with his Reddit AMA . Now in its 18th year, his show reaches a weekly combined audience of nearly 3 million people who tune in for Glass's trademark conversational style, as he highlights the stories of everyday Americans. Prolific radio producer Jay Allison, once called This American Life "not the voice of record, but a record of the voices around us." In a recent interview with Slate commemorating the 500th episode of the show, Glass explored his interviewing technique, and the challenge of replicating the intimacy of the radio studio in everyday life: Many of Glass's guests have never been interviewed before, something that has forced him to place special emphasis on the plot of the story--sometimes steering it with his own experiences. "Really what I'm thinking about is what is the story arc of the story," he says. "How do I get plot going, and how can I get them to tell me the plot in the way that will work on the radio?" "If you want somebody to tell you a story, one of the most easiest and effective ways is if you're telling them a story," he says. That story is often told from the comfort of his studio, where Glass enjoys close interactions with his guests and audience.