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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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Small Pink Waterlily
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 700
Triple Lady Slipper with Dragonflies
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,390
Morning Glory Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 350
Lady Slipper Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 390
Luna Moth Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
Blue Morpho Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Pear Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 350
Lady Slipper Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Triple Green Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 590
Morning Glories Wall Sculpture
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,390
Gold Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Bird of Paradise Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 590
Fuchsia Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Dendrobium
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,190
Sweet Pea Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Luna's Landing
Art Glass Ornament

$ 108
Iris Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Coneflower with Dragonflies
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 990
Dragonfly Duet
Art Glass Ornament

$ 108
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Spring Bouquet
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,190
Bird and Cherries Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 350
Poinsettia Bottle
Art Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Zucchini with Bees
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 590
Wildflower Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,390
Poppy Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 340
Tabletop Pink Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
Tropical Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,390
Green Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 350
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
The Art of Fine Craft, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, NE, 2003
Glass Flower Event, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, MA, 2002
Artistry of Orchids, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, 2000
American Craft Council Shows, St. Paul, MN, Springfield, MA, Atlanta, GA, 1995-1999
Cover image, Profitable Glass Quarterly, Winter, 2008
Excellence in Arts, Rushmore Honors, Rapid, SD, 200
American Craft Show, Baltimore, MD, 2009
Glassified, Dahl Art Center, Rapid City, SD , 2007