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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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Waterlily Lamp II
Art Glass Table Lamp
by Loy Allen
$ 1,190
Bird and Cherries Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 330
Iris with Dragonflies Wa...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 900
Magnolia Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Dogwood with Bees
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 470
Daffodil Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Iris
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Butterfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Heliconia Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 470
Orchid Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Dragonfly Perfume Bottle...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Bird of Paradise Wall Pi...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 470
Dogwood with Blue Bird
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 1,190
Lady Slipper Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Rose Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Bird of Paradise
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 470
Milkweed Perfume Bottle ...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Standing Red Iris
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Cobalt Perfume Bottle wi...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Double Lady Slipper
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Amber Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 470
Gold Orchid Perfume Bott...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Gold Cattleya
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Coneflower with Dragonfl...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 900
Waterlily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Pear on Leaf
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 390
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Wall-Mounted Daylily on ...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 470
Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 320
Wall-Mounted Clematis on...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 470
Waterlily Lamp
Art Glass Table Lamp
by Loy Allen
$ 1,100
Pale Purple Iris
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Columbine Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Bee Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Dragonfly Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Iris with Monarch
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 990
Iris Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Loy Allen
$ 300
Red Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture
by Loy Allen
$ 790
Green 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
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