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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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Gilded Glider
Art Glass Ornament

$ 92
Yellow Swallowtail
Art Glass Ornament

$ 92
Bird of Paradise Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 470
Dendrobium
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
Luna Moth Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Blue Morpho Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Iris Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Red Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
Triple Pastel Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,190
Orange Orchid Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Poinsettia Bottle
Art Perfume Bottle

$ 330
Wildflower Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,390
Gold Orchid
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 450
Tropical Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
Morning Glories Wall Sculpture
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
Magnolia Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Waterlily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Triple Green Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
Peach Bottle with Dragonfly
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Small Tabletop Water Lily
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 520
Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Bird and Cherries Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
Gold Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Lady Slipper Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Fuchsia Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Tabletop Pink Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
Spring Bouquet
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
Poppy Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
Sweet Pea Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
Papillon
Art Glass Ornament

$ 92
Orchid Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
Soft Landing
Art Glass Ornament

$ 98
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