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Loy Allen

"My inspiration comes from the natural world, the hills and plains of Dakota."

Loy Allen is a South Dakota native who returned to the Black Hills after studying design at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After learning basic lampworking in South Dakota, Allen studied advanced glass techniques at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and at The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

Inspired by the Art Nouveau Age and the plant and animal life around her South Dakota studio, Allen uses lampworking techniques to depict the natural forms of South Dakota. Intending the beautiful glass sculptures of grasshoppers, dragonflies, and orchids to be expressive without being strictly realistic, Allen celebrates the mystery and power of nature.

Loy Allen has been self-employed as a flameworker since 1979.

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Pas de Deux
Art Glass Ornament
by Loy Allen
$ 108
Blue Dragonfly
Art Glass Ornament
by Loy Allen
$ 78
Luna
Art Glass Ornament
by Loy Allen
$ 105
Rose Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Green Orchid
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 900
Bird of Paradise
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 390
Floral Perfume Bottles
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Gold Cattleya
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 750
Amber Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 390
Cobalt Perfume Bottle...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Coneflower with...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Standing Red Iris
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 750
Double Lady Slipper
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Waterlily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Wall-Mounted Clematis on...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 390
Wall-Mounted Daylily on...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 390
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Pear on Leaf
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 390
Bouquet
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 1,390
Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Waterlily Lamp
Art Glass Table Lamp
by Loy Allen
$ 1,100
Pale Purple Iris
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 770
Flower Perfume Bottles
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300 - $ 1,175
Bee Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Iris with Monarch
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 990
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 770
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Green Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 690
Red Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 690
Sweet Pea Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 330
Luna Moth Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Monarch Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Gold Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Blue Morpho Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Show, MD, Baltimore, 2009
Glassified, Rapid City, SD , Dahl Art Center, 2007
The Art of Fine Craft, Lincoln, NE, University Place Art Center, 2003
Glass Flower Event, Cambridge, MA, Harvard Museum of Natural History, 2002
Artistry of Orchids, Washington, DC, Smithsonian, 2000
American Craft Council Shows, Atlanta, GA, St. Paul, MN, Springfield, MA, 1995-1999
Cover image, Winter, Profitable Glass Quarterly, 2008
Excellence in Arts, Rapid, SD, Rushmore Honors, 200