Made by the community, for the community 

“Seeds Of Light”  Speedway, Indiana


Arlon Bayliss trained at the Royal College of Art in London England. His public art projects include community-based, collaborative, outdoor works and large-scale interior architectural installations. His gallery artwork is in collections and exhibitions worldwide.


Photo: Tiernae Salley

He was a guest artist at Rosenthal Glass and Porcelain, Germany for more than 10 years, and designed for Blenko Glass in West Virginia, USA from 2007 to 2016. He taught glass in the UK for 7 years and for more than 20 years as Professor of Art and Design at Anderson University, USA. He is a broadly accomplished educator, a creativity training consultant, and an engaging public speaker.

His wife and professional partner Mary Jo, is an experienced sculptor and educator. Their dog Sophie likes to balance things on her head and put away her bowl when she’s finished eating.

Hundreds of glass elements dance in flight

reflecting light onto passers by

“Flight Wave” Indianapolis International Airport


My British art-school training has shaped the way I work. I think of myself as an artist, designer and craftsperson; and I love it when one area of my bailiwick influences another.

In my gallery work, and with model making, I often think through my hands -engaging with materials and methods directly. When I work this way, tackling each process or problem, old or new, is comforting, nourishing, and familiar. Like writing poetry perhaps, it’s first-personal, contemplative and quiet.

Making public artwork, on the other hand, feels more like writing prose. It’s a more complex, layered, longer process, where creativity is woven with compromise. Formally, the works engage viewers by the interplay of light, color, surface, and activated space. I try to incorporate narrative and metaphor subtly, preferring to hint rather than tell. Often, I try to imagine the experience of a viewer and their interaction with the work before I seek it’s form. This way I can direct the design towards an ideal outcome, sharpening and refining as I go. In the development, fabrication, and installation of my architectural work, I seek out ways to engage others and to work collaboratively with a broad range of individuals, including students and community volunteers. I am energized by organizing team workers, and by collaborating with engineers, architects, and skilled fabricators. When I encourage everyone involved to contribute wholeheartedly to the artwork, the product is not only improved beyond measure – it becomes theirs too, increasing its role and relevance.

Designing for glass factories like Rosenthal and Blenko, has allowed me to take part in a special back-and-forth between artist and artisan. I love the challenge of stretching glassmakers’ abilities at the same time as honoring tradition, and pushing stylistic boundaries.

Recently, as a consultant to a ground-breaking makerspace initiative in Indianapolis, I have researched tools and techniques for creativity testing and training. Adding to years of using techniques developed by Edward de Bono in my studio teaching.

Between infinite stars and infinite sand

without and within, we are whole

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Indianapolis, IN




Seeds Of Light: A Community Project

Just over a month ago I completed “Seeds Of Light”, a public art commission for the Town Of Speedway, Indiana. Proposed and executed as a community project, it celebrates the town’s high school exchange programs with Motegi, Japan and Varano, Italy. Over 45 individuals volunteered 500+ hours to fabricate and assemble the project in a […]

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