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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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Milkweed Perfume Bottle with Monarchs
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 272
Dendrobium
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
$ 841.50
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
$ 671.50
Luna Moth Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Blue Morpho Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Peach Bottle with Dragonfly
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Waterlily & Dragonfly on Leaves
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 850
$ 722.50
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 272
Bird and Cherries Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
$ 280.50
Iris Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Red Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
$ 671.50
Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Gold Orchid
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 450
$ 382.50
Bird of Paradise Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 470
$ 399.50
Tropical Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
$ 1,011.50
Coneflower with Dragonflies
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 900
$ 765
Magnolia Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 272
Waterlily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 272
Poppy Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
$ 280.50
Triple Green Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 425
Tabletop Pink Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
$ 671.50
Triple Lady Slipper
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 990
$ 841.50
Pastel Tabletop Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 850
$ 722.50
Lady Slipper Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Fuchsia Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 255
Sweet Pea Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
$ 280.50
Gold Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 272
Orchid Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
$ 1,011.50
Spring Bouquet
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
$ 841.50
Small Tabletop Water Lily
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 520
$ 442
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