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Hot Blown Glass

While on a tour of Europe back in my college days, I had a chance to watch a glass blowing demonstration in Venice. I was completely captivated by the process. To me, it was both beautiful and dangerous, and the combination of the two was exciting to watch. These fiery blobs on long metal poles, glowing with intense heat, miraculously became dainty little horses, Christmas ornaments or vases right before my eyes.

CHN Glass-Steel Sculpture

You don’t have to travel to Italy to watch this process and see the subsequent beautiful works of art. Indiana Artisan Lisa Pelo creates amazing glass pieces at her own studio in Clayton, Indiana and at the Indianapolis Art Center.

My favorite aspect of her work is the vibrant colors she creates. She creates innovative shapes and intricate patterns. I can’t imagine a room where her work wouldn’t become the focal point. I usually think of glass art as delicate and fragile. And while it is those things, Lisa’s work is also bold and commanding.

Many of Lisa’s pieces are commissioned works. However, some of her pieces are available for sale at several shops around Indiana. If you’re captivated by this craft, she also gives glass blowing lessons.

Indiana Artisan Contest 2010: Made in Indiana. Given By You.Lisa Pelo is a member of Indiana Artisan and you could win a handmade lotion dispenser and soap dish set (valued at $100) for yourself or someone else by entering our Made in Indiana. Given by You. contest. Click here to enter to win!

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.