The Indiana Glass Trail showcases the works of many talented Hoosier glass artists and glass blowers.
Below are a few of the artists you’ll find along the Indiana Glass Trail.



Joe Rice is a third generation art glass blower. He
continues the rich St. Clair family tradition founded by his grandfather John “Pop” St. Clair in Elwood, Indiana. He started helping out at his uncle’s glass studio when he was 12 and began his professional glass career there when he turned 16. In 1987, Joe purchased The House of Glass, located in Elwood, IN. While Joe continues to make his grandfather’s traditional flower glass paperweight, he also produces paperweights with other designs, decorative glass art, collector class glass marbles and custom work.


Lisa Pelo of Hot Blown Glass, Ltd, Clayton, creates blown glass, slumped and fused glass, cast glass, and metal sculpture for home and business. Her glass sculptures are in permanent collections from museums to hospitals and private homes, to name a few. Her beautiful pieces can be seen at the CCA Gallery and Gifts at 111 West Main Street, Suite 135, Carmel, Indiana and Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, Indiana.



Contemporary mosaic artist, Nancy Keating’s works include both 3D and 2d mixed media creations which include an array of hand cut art glasses. Her mosaic style is marked by the festive use of vibrant colors, reflective textures and an occasional touch of whimsy. She works in her Carmel studio and has created countless mosaic pieces over the years, including public works of art and architectural residential installations. See her mosaics at Carmel Art on Main Gallery located at 111 West Main Street, juried fine art shows and exhibits, and her website,




After taking a glass-blowing class together, Dave Lee and his son, Bryan, opened Hot Shop Valpo glass-blowing studio in Valparaiso, IN. Today, the father-son duo’s diverse glasswork ranges from small, affordable paperweights and functional goblets, mugs and drinkware to unique statement pieces. The Lees’ open studio encourages visitors to experience the art of glass blowing and also offers classes, ranging from beginner to advanced. The artists’ work is on display at Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN, and in various northwest Indiana galleries.




Ron Schuster, a self-taught glass artist working in stained glass and blown glass, turned his hobby into a career more than 40 years ago when he and his wife, Penny, moved to Brown County, Indiana, and opened Schuster Glass Studio and Sweetwater Gallery in the Nashville artist colony. Schuster specializes in creating unique, multilayered paperweights, as well as mosaic mirrors, jewelry and custom stained-glass artwork. His dichroic glass paperweights may be found in Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN.




As a mixed media mosaic artist for over 20 years, Cappi Phillips often starts her creative process by reclaiming everyday objects, many destined for the landfill, and reinventing them using both traditional and innovative mosaic techniques. With a love for breathing new life into old things, the Bloomington resident shares her humorous, one-of-a-kind pieces via Moe’s Ache Studio on Facebook. Her work is available at Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN; Indiana Artisan, French Lick Resort; Orchard Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN; and Spears Gallery, Nashville, IN.




Born out of an obsession with all things glass, My Glass Fix in Greenfield, IN, features the beautiful fused glass artwork of Liz Perr-McColm, who taught herself the intricacies of the artform after taking an introductory fused-glass course at the Garfield Arts Center. She was inspired to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time fused-glass artist after being diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, and then beating the disease. She hopes her artwork evokes a special memory in anyone who admires it. Her work is available on her website and at Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN.




Most of her career was spent working in 2D-graphic design and Realist paintings and drawings. She took an intro to glass workshop and was hooked. While it seems that there would be no connection to her previous work, glass has many similarities. Dawn’s glass studio, Shattered Dreamz Glass, utilizes traditional and contemporary techniques in fused and stained glass to create functional and non-functional fine art. She continues to learn and apply new techniques to create innovative work.




Handblown glass artist Sharon Owens studied with master glass artists all over the world before opening her own Inspired Fire Studio and Gallery in Lafayette, IN. Her unique glass art uses vivid colors of cane and dichroic glass and the Murrine process. She offers classes for beginners to advanced, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts featuring Indiana’s wildflowers, crimson tulips, yellow daffodils and blushes of dogwood. In 1995, President Clinton chose her Christmas ornament to represent Indiana on the White House Christmas tree, and her work is part of many private collections, including Grammy-winning artist Graham Nash. Her work is available at Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN.



Glass art maker Anna Lee Chalos-McAleese relies on the intricate patterns of every plowed farm field in Indiana to help shape her glass art designs. After earning a master’s degree in fine arts with a focus on sculpture from Indiana State University, she received instruction in the fine art of custom glass design at the Indianapolis Art Center. She pursued further training in glass art at the prestigious Corning Studio in New York City, and later at the Bullseye Glass Center in Portland, Oregon. Her work is available at Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN; The Station Floral & Hair Design Studio, Terre Haute, IN; and By Hand Gallery, Bloomington, IN.




Lampwork artist Carol Watson loves to create beads from hot glass and turn them into one-of-a-kind jewelry. She also makes “beadable objects,” like bottle openers, salad servers and kaleidoscopes, in her Zionsville, IN, studio. After taking a glass bead-making class as an adult and learning the art of silversmithing, she now combines those skills to create handmade sterling and fine silver jewelry featuring her lampwork beads. Recognizable for its unique style and quality, her handmade kaleidoscopes are sold at Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN, and at Art IN Hand Gallery in Zionsville, IN.




Yuri Okamoto’s blown glass sculpture seamlessly combines the traditions and aesthetics of two distinct cultures, demonstrating both a deep reverence for long-standing Italian glass making techniques and a profound respect for Japanese culture and design. Inspired by the beauty of Japanese gardens, the forms and textures of Okamoto’s sculptures are simple, designed to be reminiscent of stones, ponds, or raked sand. The surface of each of her graceful, modest forms is adorned by delicate, intricately sculpted flowers, with cherry blossoms, camellias, and water lilies each conveying a different mood. You can find her work at Carmel Art on Main at 111 West Main Street and online at Art on Main Gallery.




Deb is an Indiana native who lives in Lafayette, IN. Deb became interested in the glass medium after observing a demonstration of fusing and slumping of glass, forming a shallow dish. She followed up by taking an introductory fused glass class. She continued to work and experiment on her designs and technique on her own. She applied and was accepted to several art shows in Lafayette and Indianapolis where her art caught the eye of many people who now display her art in their home. Deb’s glass pieces can be functional as well as decorative. You can find her artwork at CCA Gallery located at 111 West Main Street, Suite 135, Carmel, IN.




After spending most of her life as a computer programmer in northern Indiana, she left her job and started a journey with stained glass, awakening her artistic side. Her father also did stained glass as a hobby. She started learning in 2012 with a week-long class and has continued taking classes and asking lots of questions as she goes. She started selling in 2015 on Etsy and has gradually increased the number of items as well as doing several art shows a year. She spends a lot of time picking out glass. Besides the colors, the textures have to work together and there are structural realities that need to be figured out when creating a design. The moment of truth only comes after every piece is cut out, ground to fit, foiled or leaded and soldered together when you can hold it to the light. She enjoys doing custom work. You can see her work at her Etsy shop Downriver Glass.




Kelly has been fascinated by glass since she was a child. After doing some stained glass, she realized that this fit wasn’t quite right. She was introduced to fused glass and this has filled her soul with happiness and the need to create. Many pieces are finished with roller printed sterling or copper that is riveted to the glass. You can find her artwork at CCA Gallery located at 111 West Main Street, Suite 135, Carmel, IN.




Karen Stewart is a figurative mixed media artist working in ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, and collage. After 28 years of teaching high school art, she left to make her own art, study energy medicine, and travel.