Made in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Attention all art lovers! You may be surprised to know how many talented artists are located right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I explored our area to see what great finds are being crafted by our local artists. From jewelry to paintings, check out below five of the coolest things made here:


Inspired Fire

Inspired Fire Sharon using furnace

Beads, vases, jewelry, and other art pieces – Inspired Fire’s master artistry is primarily done by owner and operator, Sharon Owens! Not only can you purchase these items, you can also learn to make some yourself. Inspired Fire offers group and individual courses that teach you how to make glass creations yourself! This studio is such a unique experience you really can’t miss out on!

Photo Beads at LE Originals


LE Originals is located right downtown Lafayette on Main Street! Filled with handmade pieces of jewelry and art, LE Originals is a must-see for Lafayette creations! Amongst all of the lovely necklaces, bracelets (and more!) is the patented Wearable Art Jewelry! Create a piece of jewelry accented with a bead that bears a photo of your choosing. This is something you LITERALLY can’t get anywhere else!

 Scott Frankenberger Porcelain


Scott Frankenberger has been part of the Lafayette-West Lafayette artist community since 1974. He makes his gorgeous (and functional!) pottery pieces in his studio, Crossroad Pottery Studio. Dinnerware, teapots, platters, bowls… Scott creates one-of-a-kind items that are sure to amaze your guests and make them ask “Where in the world did you get that?!” – And you can proudly say right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Dennis Wischmeier Paintings


“Blue Lake Shore” depicts the views of Lake Michigan located just hours from Lafayette. This beautiful landscape painting is hung in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette! It was painted by local artist, Dennis Wischmeier. This gallery room in the museum is home to several of his wonderful landscapes! It is a striking showcase of the four seasons, each one a beautiful perspective of our state!

Artists like Cherry Delaney at Artists’ Own


Artists’ Own showcases stunning works from artists both local and not! There is always an interesting and engaging new exhibit to visit there. Cherry Delaney is just one of so many local artists which house their art in Artists’ Own. She shows and sells handmade jewelry there! In fact, Cherry has been creating these pieces for over 20 years! This talented artist uses the Japanese-style Kumihimo braiding, and clay, to craft these unique items!

So, art lovers… What are you waiting for?

This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin!



Lala Gallery

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  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.   Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many great art studios that offer locals and visitors a chance to find their creative vein.

The Lala Gallery & Studio is one such art studio that inspires the creative and non-creative (that would be me!) to explore their imagination and artistic sensibilities.  Remember in grade school when the teachers taught their students the difference between right brain versus left brain?  Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.  I would classify myself as left-brained with the desire to be more right-brained!  Ok, I know that sounds odd, but I have no skill when it comes to drawing or creating pottery and such.  But I have the patience and aspiration to learn.  The Lala Gallery is an art studio that offers the opportunity to learn how to make handmade products such as poetry chimes, garden markers, vases, mugs and more!

The Lala Gallery & Studio offers visitors a chance to view local and regional artists working in a variety of mediums. Special exhibits run all year long.   Also, during this holiday time, make Lala your one stop shop Dec 13 – 23, during the second annual Holiday Trunk Show!  Lala has handpicked gifts perfect for you and your loved ones!  A wide variety of local and regional artists will showcase their wares during this 10 day sale. The showcase will include paintings, handmade jewelry, modern housewares, clothing, accessories and more!

To learn more about the Lala Gallery & Studio and other wonderful art galleries in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at