Location: Victoria, BC
Member Since: 2006
Jill Allan is a Vancouver Island artist. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design Glass department in 1999 with a BFA and has worked to build a career as an artist while also working for other artists and studios such as Mel Munsen, Starfish Glassworks and New-Small and Sterling. She later went on to earn an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 2013 and since returning to Canada has continued to create her work.
In my work with glass I do my best to exploit its material qualities, belt-sanding its surface so that it will capture light and glow, using the thick glass to bend light and develop optical trickery, polishing the surface to be irresistibly glossy and reflective. As a material, glass is both strong and brittle, hot and cold, transparent and opaque, special and ubiquitous, solid and liquid. There are many opportunities to create metaphor, meaning and mood with this material and that is why I love to work with it.