Inspired Fire

IMG_4461Inspired Fire is a glass studio and gallery located right here in Lafayette! When you enter Inspired Fire, it’s hard not to be “blown” away by the gallery of handmade glass items. Flowers, vases, jewelry, and so much more! The art here is made in shop and by over 30 different local artists. So many of these beautiful pieces of art would make great gifts for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself!

My fellow intern, Emily, and I had the opportunity to visit earlier last year and were absolutely spoiled by owner Sharon Owens and the rest of the staff. As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by the smiling faces of people who absolutely love what they do. I learned more Inspired Fire Glass Fish Demoabout glass blowing that day than I ever expected when Emily and I were led to the studio and given demonstrations. First, we were able to see a typical beginners’ piece (a little glass fish!) made. It is amazing to see how within just a few minutes something so unique and exciting can be made! A little fish like this would make an adorable gift and booking a class to create something like this would definitely be a worthwhile experience that you and your friends or family would remember forever!

Sharon Owens even took the time to give us a personal tour of the building. Besides the gallery, there is a group studio that seats up to 8 with the ability to add 4 additional torches, as well as the new addition, the Hot Shop, which is over 1,000 square feet and has a Inspired Fire Sharon Making FLower200 pound glass furnace. She showed us how glass is melted and shaped into their beautiful glass flowers in the furnace.  Sharon also gave us a demonstration of how Inspired Fire’s famous glass Christmas ornaments are made. Overall, we had so much fun visiting the shop. If you’re looking for somewhere truly unique to visit in Lafayette, this is the place! Visit their website for more information about their gallery pieces, as well as their class times. Be sure to book your spot in advance because you don’t want to miss the chance to learn more about your new hobby, glass blowing!

Below you can watch a clip from our trip to Inspired Fire. Emily got to blow her own Christmas ornament, with the help of Sharon, of course!


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Choose Your “Canvas” at All Fired Up!

IMG_3553 IMG_3554 Purdue Student, Adi, shares her enjoyment at All Fired Up, a paint your own pottery studio in West Lafayette, Indiana.

With a wide array of pieces to choose from, weekly specials that offer something unique for all ages, and fun-filled summer camps, All Fired Up is the perfect destination for a great time this summer.

Kids, parents, couples, students and anyone with a creative urge can come to this paint your own pottery studio and have a great experience.  You start by selecting a piece of unfinished pottery; whether you want to create a cup, bowl, serving tray or decorative piece, All Fired Up has the pottery for you! After choosing your “canvas,” the studio has an incredible selection of over 100 beautiful paints and glazes, and even has idea books, stamps, sticks, stencils and other great tools to help create your masterpiece.  The staff there is always excited to help anyone with their creation and make it easy and fun to paint pottery!

Once your pottery is painted, the staff will coat the piece with a clear glaze and fire it in their studio. Within just one week, the piece will be ready for pick-up!

All Fired Up can even help you put on a great event. They host birthday parties and group outings of all kinds and can even assist in any fundraising efforts you may be putting on.

IMG_3556Don’t just take our word on it! Head down to the Wabash Landing Walkway in West Lafayette and experience the fun that is the All Fired Up experience!

For more information about this family fun attraction and more in our area, visit our website at

Willow Stained Glass Studio

The Modern Art Gallery

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to Willow Stained Glass Studio and The Modern Art Gallery,  a custom stained glass company that not only designs, builds and installs custom stained glass windows, but features an art gallery showcasing a broad and ever-changing array of exciting local and regional artists.

Stained glass.  The first image that comes to mind is my Great Aunt’s Victorian style home that shines bright on holidays from the mesmerizing colors of stained glass windows peppered throughout her home.  The fusion of color and light bring cheerfulness to her rooms.  Such a small thing, but it warms my senses and adds that extra bit of happiness on holidays and special events!

Willow Stained Glass Studio and The Modern Art Gallery is a local, popular downtown destination that not only can create custom, innovative stained glass windows, but can repair and restore stained glass.  In addition, over 20 local artists showcase their contemporary artwork that can add that extra bit of flair to your home.  And best of all, this studio offers art classes to locals and visitors!  You can create your own stained glass piece!  Unfortunately, I have never taken a class, but I have purchased many beautiful, handmade gifts.  I also have a “wish list” of items I would love to purchase for my own home!

Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard.  Visit Willow Stained Glass Studio to enjoy this local artistic destination in our own back yard!

For more information about this studio and other Lafayette-West Lafayette art galleries visit our website at