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


His British art-school training has shaped the way Bayliss works. He thinks of himself as an artist, designer and craftsperson; and loves it when one area of his bailiwick influences another.

He says- “From my gallery work, to model making for public art projects, I often think through my hands, engaging with materials and methods directly. When I work this way, with problems and processes, old and new, I’m internally focussed, contemplative and quiet. Making public artwork, on the other hand, feels more externally focussed. It’s a multi-layered process, where creativity is woven with compromise”

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

“I love engaging others and working collaboratively with a broad range of individuals, including students and community members in the development, fabrication, and installation of my work. I am as energized by directing volunteers, as I am by collaborating with engineers, architects, and skilled fabricators. I encourage everyone involved to bring their contributions wholeheartedly to the artwork, this way, not only is the product improved beyond measure, it becomes theirs too! When I see that happening, I get very happy.”

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.

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





posted in: Creativity Training

In this article for 1st Maker Space I outline a tool for creative thinking that I’ve used with students over 15 years. I also trace its history to Bob Eberle, and to Alex Osborn, an advertising executive in the 60’s who also invented the term brainstorming :    4-using-scamper

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

Christ Lutheran Church, Anderson IN

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