A marker and celebration in light

“Beacon Bloom”  Carmel, 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


Arlon Bayliss’s art-school training at the Royal College of Art, London and his professional experience in Europe and the US, have shaped the way he works. He is an artist, designer and craftsperson who allows each area of his bailiwick to influence another. By thinking and working this way, every project benefits from his broad experience.

“Whether its fabricating gallery work, or model making for public art projects, I often think through my hands -engaging materials and methods directly. When I work this way, I’m internally focussed, contemplative and quiet. Executing a public artwork project, on the other hand, is externally focussed. It’s a complex, layered process, where creativity is carefully woven with compromise.”

His public art works not only engage viewers in an interplay of light, color, and activated space, they often include community members in their development and fabrication.

“I seek out ways to engage others and work collaboratively with a broad range of individuals in the development, fabrication, and installation of my architectural work. I am as energized by directing team workers, like students and community volunteers as I am by collaborating with engineers, architects, and skilled fabricators. Most importantly, I encourage everyone involved to bring their best to the artwork. This way, not only is the product improved, but it becomes theirs too. When I see that happening, I get very happy.”

Designing for glass factories like Rosenthal, EOS and Blenko, over 30 years has allowed him to take part in a back-and-forth between artist and artisan, stretching glassmakers’ abilities and pushing stylistic boundaries at the same time as honoring tradition. Embracing and negotiating this creative tension is typical of the way he works.

In all my projects I try to imagine the experience of a viewer and their interaction with the work – before I seek it’s form. This way, as I refine and solidify a design, I am always headed towards an ideal outcome.”

Between infinite stars and infinite sand

without and within, we are whole

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Indianapolis, IN




Beacon Bloom

The first few days – even the first few moments provided a clue. A few weeks ago my fabricators, bo-mar Industries and I stood underneath our freshly minted sculpture, “Beacon Bloom”. We were checking everything was hooked up and taking our first photos when it started – drivers and passengers were leaning out of their windows and shouting…

Made by the community, for the community 

“Seeds Of Light”  Speedway, Indiana

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3635 Nichol Avenue
Anderson, IN 46011

Phone: 765 425 0170

Hours by appointment