I wanted to make a cross – not out of glass, but out of light

Christ Lutheran Church, Anderson IN


Arlon Bayliss studied at the Royal College of Art in London England. His public art projects include monumental outdoor works and large-scale indoor installations, and 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 is currently designer for Blenko Glass in West Virginia, USA. He taught glass in the UK for seven years at Stourbridge College and for more than 20 years as Professor of Art and Design at Anderson University, USA. He is a dedicated and accomplished educator, and an engaging public speaker.

His wife and 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 training has shaped the way I work. I think of myself as an artist, craftsperson, and designer and I love it when one area of my bailiwick influences another.

In my gallery work, I can let my hands do some thinking; I can dialog with materials and processes directly. In this way craft, whether it’s a process familiar to me, or a new one that I am learning, is always nourishing. I return to working this way again and again. It feels somehow ancient, comforting and familiar. Often it is the best way for me to express myself personally, quietly and intimately.

My public artwork engages viewers by a considered use of light, surface, and activated space. I am particularly interested in a subtle use of metaphor, and careful attention to context. In the development, fabrication, and installation of these architectural installations, I seek out ways to work collaboratively with a broad range of individuals, including my students. By partnering with engineers, architects, and skilled fabricators, products can evolve that far outreach any solo effort I might make.

When I design for glass factories like Blenko Glass, I take part in a special back and forth between designer and artisan. I love the challenge of stretching the glassmakers’ abilities, yet always bearing in mind practical limitations and the identity of the company. It has to be new, but also has to be clearly theirs, (pun intended).

Between infinite stars and infinite sand

without and within, we are whole

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Indianapolis, IN




Blenko’s WV Piece 2015: Behind The Scenes

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Designing and sampling Blenko’s West Virginia Birthday Piece is a privilege and a pleasure. Yet there are also challenges that grow each year. It all starts a whole year earlier. If I’m able to be at the factory for the Saturday morning Visitors Center opening, I’ll spend a happy hour or two visiting with the collectors […]

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blown, engraved and enameled glass 

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