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Loy Allen

Flameworker / Lampworker

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Loy Allen is a South Dakota native who returned to the Black Hills after studying design at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (B.A., 1975).

After learning basic lampworking in South Dakota, Ms. 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. She has been self-employed as a flameworker since 1979.

Shows and Invitations

2011: "Eternal," River Gallery, Chattanooga TN

2009: "Nature," Eclectic Galleries, Jacksoinville FL

2009: National Liberty Museum Auction, Philadelphia PA

2009: "Playing with Fire," annual invitational exhibition, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak MI

2008: "For the Love of Glass," annual invitational exhibition, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak MI

2007: Mint Museum of Craft and Design Auction, Charlotte NC

2007, November: Glassified; Regional Invitational Show, Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City SD

2006: Mint Museum of Craft and Design Benefit Auction, Charlotte NC

2005: National Liberty Museum Auction
Philadelpha PA

January 2005: Goblets 2005 Invitational
Glasshouse Studio, Seattle WA

August 2004: Glass on the Wall Invitational, Kane Marie Fine Arts Gallery, Virginia Beach VA

August 2003, The Art of Fine Craft
University Place Art Center, Lincoln NE

June 2002, Glass Flower Event
Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge MA

April 2001, James Renwick Alliance Craft Auction, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

February 2000: Flameworked Glass Show
Art Elements Gallery, Mequon, WI

January - March 2000: The Artistry of Orchids, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

September 1999: Glass Invitational
Carlyn Gallerie, Dallas TX

July 1999: Invitational Goblet Show
The Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA

June 1999: Glass Invitational
Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison WI

April 1999: Cool Women, Hot Glass
Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak MI

July 1998: Clearly South Dakota; group glass show
Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City SD

September, 1997: Juried Exhibition
Sioux City (IA) Art Center

June 1996: Group Show
Prairie Edge Gallery, Rapid City SD

1995-2013: American Craft Council Shows; Springfield MA, Atlanta GA, St. Paul MN, Baltimore MD

My inspiration comes from the natural world, the hills and plains of Dakota. Stylistically, I am inspired by the art of the Art Nouveau Age. Like the artists of that time, I am interested in a depiction of plant and animal life in a pantheistic spirit. My natural forms are meant to be expressive without being strictly realistic. I hope my work evokes the mystery and power of nature in a celebratory feminine voice.


Publications in which Loy Allen's work has appeared:

Cover story: Artizen Magazine, November 2012

Cover story; Profitable Glass Quarterly, Winter 2008

"The Lampworked Glass of Loy Allen"; Murray Bloom
Glassline magazine, Feb., 2000

Contemporary Glass: Color, Light And Form; Leier, Peters and Wallace (Guild Publishing), p. 62

Contemporary Lampworking (Third Edition, Vol. 1, 2003); Bandhu Scott Dunham, pps. 113, 147, 228

Formed of Fire: Contemporary Selections in Lampworked Glass; Bandhu Dunham

Flameworking: Creating Glass Beads, Sculptures and Functional Objects; Elizabeth Ryland Mears (Lark Books)

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Loy Allen Glass
345 Jennings Ave.
Hot Springs SD 57747