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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Iris Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Lady Slipper Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Tabletop Pink Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 790
Triple Green Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 500
Fuchsia on Leaf
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 470
Wall-Mounted Iris
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 700
Cactus Flower Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Blue Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Wall-Mounted Lily
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 900
Lily Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 390
Branch with Birds and Fruit
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 1,190
Diptych: Bluebird with Cherries
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 790
Dragonfly Perfume Bottle II
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Magnolia Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 320
Bird of Paradise Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 470
Bird and Cherries Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 330
Iris with Dragonflies Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 900
Amber Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 470
Bird of Paradise
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 470
Gold Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 320
Coneflower with Dragonflies
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 900
Wall-Mounted Clematis on Leaf
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 470
Waterlily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 320
Waterlily Lamp
Art Glass Table Lamp

by Loy Allen
$ 1,100
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 320
Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 320
Wall-Mounted Daylily on Leaf
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 470
Pale Purple Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 790
Columbine Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Iris with Monarch
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 990
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 300
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 790
Red Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

by Loy Allen
$ 790
Luna Moth Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 300
Sweet Pea Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Loy Allen
$ 330
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