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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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Iris Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Gold Orchid
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 450
Dendrobium
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
Luna Moth Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Garden Glider
Art Glass Ornament

$ 88
Monarch Butterfly
Art Glass Ornament

$ 88
Peach Bottle with Dragonfly
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Amber Dragonfly Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Daylily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Fuchsia on Leaf
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 470
Bird and Cherries Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
Red Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
Tropical Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
Bird of Paradise Wall Piece
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 470
Coneflower with Dragonflies
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 900
Magnolia Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Waterlily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Spring Bouquet
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 990
Gold Orchid Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Orchid Bouquet
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,190
Sweet Pea Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
Blue Morpho Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Triple Green Orchid
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
Lady Slipper Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
Fuchsia Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 300
White Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
Tabletop Pink Lady Slipper
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 790
Poppy Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 330
Luna Moth
Art Glass Ornament

$ 88
Triple Lady Slipper
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 990
Lily Perfume Bottle
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 320
Pastel Tabletop Iris
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 850
Small Tabletop Water Lily
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 520
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