Corina Pia Kahlert and Tadashi Torii were united in marriage Sunday, Jan. 1, at noon, at the Jackson County Library in Sylva.
The bride is the daughter of Gisela and the late Hans Kahlert, of Trebur, Germany, and the granddaughter of the late Else and Ernst Runar, Marie and Hans Kahlert. The groom is the son of Yuko and Kiyoshi Torii, Habikino, Osaka, Japan and the grandson of the late Yoshie and Koji Torii, Kimi and Fusao Kimura.
The flower girl was Mayuko Torii, and the ring bearer was Pierce Muth.
Kenzo Torii was the best man.
Following the ceremony officiated by Kathy Jennings, a reception was given by Etheree Chancellor at the library.
The couple would like to express their sincere gratitude for the warm welcome they have received in their new community of Sylva. Neither one of them has parents, siblings or relatives here in the United States. It has been years since either one of them have been able to see their immediate family. None of the family members from Japan or Germany were able to attend the wedding. The community in which they live in has become an extended family, and a sense of community is invaluable for both of them. Tadashi’s two beautiful children, Mayuko and Kenzo, will be part of the wedding party. Tadashi is also very thankful for all the support he has gotten as the new glassblower at the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.
Born and raised in the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, Corina moved to the U.S. in 1988 settling in Atlanta, Ga., to study as a honor student at the Art Institute, than at Kennesaw State University and the Atlanta College of Art. Over the past 22 years, she has worked as a painter of women’s apparel, an architectural model builder, graphics engineer [architecture] with her work reaching more than 17 countries worldwide. Alongside her corporate career she has always pursued her passion for the visual arts. Since 2003, and for the last five shows visiting Atlanta, she has assisted within the Big Top of Cirque Du Soleil as a Cirquador. She draws great inspiration from the performing arts and likes to call the Cirque family her kindred spirits. She has shown her work in over 100 group and one woman shows including galleries, public spaces, the Cobb museum and receiving various awards along the way. Pia’s innovations in merging traditional methods with technology, a passion for color and utilizing her transformative creative energy have resulted in spectacular works that are instantly identifiable for their vibrancy and fluidity of form. Many of her collectors are doctors of Chiropractic. She has found that her love for preventative healthcare can be considered her other calling. At age 13 she started her practice of yoga and today is a certified yoga instructor and therapist, offering therapeutic yoga classes at Sylva Yoga.
The groom was born in Osaka, Japan, and at age 19, Tadashi moved to the United States to work at a pecan farm. He began studying English, than business at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. After taking a class in the school’s glass blowing studio, he realized he had found his true calling in art. Tadashi graduated with his BFA in glassblowing/ sculpture in 1997. Soon after graduation Tadashi moved to Knoxville, Tenn. working for more than five years with world renowned glass artist Richard Jolley. In 2002 Tadashi moved to Atlanta, Ga. assisting artist Matt Janke in his studio. Beginning in 2005, Tadashi functioned as the studio manager in another local studio for more than five years. He deepened his knowledge on maintenance of equipment, teaching all levels of glass blowing, offering workshops, continuing to create and show his art, winning him numerous awards including multiple ‘Best in Shows’ and ‘First Places’. Since 2011 Tadashi is the artist in residence at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, N.C. He is creating his own unique collection of art and functional glass pieces inspired in part by his heritage, nature and the human experience. Presently he offers classes and live demonstrations to the local residents as well as travelers from around the worlds. Tadashi Torii’s work can be found in numerous private collections, public spaces such as The Four Season Hotel 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.