Lisa F. Pelo

Hendricks County

Hot Blown Glass 
Jewelry designs featuring handmade lampwork art and glass beads
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“Light is a crucial element in all my work and is required to let the viewer know I am working with glass as my medium.”

Lisa Pelo has been an artist since she was 10 years old, taking art classes, trying different media and even working in an art supply store. In college she happened to take a glass blowing class and loved it. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in glass blowing from Bowling Green State University and has been making original glass creations for about 17 years.

Lisa is continually captivated by the process of making glass art and by the medium itself. “Glass is its own inspiration,” she says. “The challenge of controlling it better and making more elaborate and complex forms is a lifelong project.” Glass art demands quick and efficient work. Lisa often must make split-second decisions or risk missing an opportunity and end up creating something very different than what she intended. She designs her work with the goal of creating pieces that are unique. “I am confident enough in my own creative abilities that I hope none of my work looks like anyone else’s,” Lisa says.

All of Lisa’s work incorporates light and bright colors. “I equate my color palette and color preferences to a Hoosier style,” she says. “I love vivid, live, brilliant, clean color.” She uses light to make the piece and the colors even more beautiful. “When the light can come in and out of the form through the color to create its own visual interest regardless of the form, that is a skill that has to be honed,” Lisa says. To create the palette, she has to know the chemical recipe for each color and how hot and cold temperatures affect each one.

Lisa’s work has won many awards and honors statewide. Lisa applied to Indiana Artisan because she saw that it “lets Hoosier artists know that Indiana believes in their value as forward-thinking and valuable members of our workforce.” She wants to be a part of the program to help more Hoosiers experience the value of arts.