Fine art gallery features incredible glass blown art from Lisa Pelo at Indiana Design Center. Having graduated cum Laude from Bowling Green State University with a BFA specialising in glass and a BFA in creative writing, Pelo was not your average student. She was the Valedictorian Scholarship recipient of 1982-1983 Academic Year from Lordstown High School, showing that her enthusiasm and zeal in life did not just start at art but stretched to her academic background too.
Operating inside of her Hot Blown Glass Studio and Gallery in Indianapolis, IN, she actively creates art in the form of blown glass. Types of artistic media she prefers to craft includes blown and solid sculpture glass, cast glass, metal sculptures and more. When she is not producing beautiful glass blown art at her studio, she provides private lessons, classes, workshops and hands-on projects at her studio located in Clayton, Indiana.
Although Pelo has been knowingly creating art since she was 10 years old, and took summer art classes and art classes throughout school and college, her career in glass working did not start until she moved to Indiana. She moved to Indiana some 27 years ago from her hometown of Warren, Ohio, and initially had to work at an art supply store as there was no Hot Shop to work in. This lead to her trying out a wider range of materials to work with. She became a florist, expressing her creative ingenuity with the various compositions and colours of flowers until the Hot Shop at the Indianapolis Art Center opened.
This talented glass artist credits glass for her inspiration. Pelo defines glass as a “medium like none other” and that the challenge of “controlling it better and making more elaborate and complex forms is a lifelong project”. And it is no wonder she says such a thing, with it being her way of life and income. “There is not a day ‘glass’ isn’t directly influencing my every step through the day”, states Pelo. She also sites admiration from artists Marcel Duchamp and Michael Glancy and says that the beauty of ‘sculptural forms’ motivated her to become a full-time artist.
However, making blown art is not the only she does. In her spare time, Pelo helps out at the Doggies Serious Rescue and Sanctuary with Foster Care by fostering and rehabilitating dogs in need of a home and addresses domestic animal cruelty.
At only 50, Pelo is associated with the Glass Art Society, Indiana Artisan, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Hendricks County Arts Council. She can be reached for commissions like ceiling glass art; a popular example of such art would be the one at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
See more of her artwork is at MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art in Carmel, Indiana.