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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
$ 256
Morning Glories Wall Sculpture
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
$ 952
Dendrobium
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
$ 792
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
$ 632
Luna Moth Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Blue Morpho Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Waterlily & Dragonfly on Leaves
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 850
$ 680
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 256
Iris Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Red Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
$ 632
Bird of Paradise Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 470
$ 376
Tropical Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
$ 952
Gold Orchid
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 450
$ 360
Magnolia Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 256
Waterlily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 256
Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Orchid Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
$ 952
Spring Bouquet
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
$ 792
Fuchsia Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Triple Green Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 400
Bird and Cherries Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
$ 264
Peach Bottle with Dragonfly
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Tabletop Pink Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
$ 632
Sweet Pea Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
$ 264
Gold Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
$ 256
Lady Slipper Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
$ 240
Triple Lady Slipper
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 990
$ 792
Coneflower with Dragonflies
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 900
$ 720
Small Tabletop Water Lily
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 520
$ 416
Pastel Tabletop Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 850
$ 680
Poppy Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
$ 264
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