Location: Victoria, BC
Member Since: 2006
Originally from Vancouver Island, Jill Allan earned her BFA at the Alberta College of Art in Design (1999) concentrating her efforts in the glass studio. Since graduating with her BFA she has produced and promoted her own work as an artist while working for and learning from other artists. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in 2013.
Her work is quiet, based in the craft tradition of vessel making, but not exclusively functional. She is influenced by Scandinavian designs, particularly those of Finland’s iittala. Jill loves creating new work and is very interested in industrial design. Pattern and surface texture are characteristic features of her work; she draws inspiration for these elements from her environment.
Jill has received a number of awards for her work including the Millennium Award from the Canadian Craft Museum and the B.C. Creative Achievement Award.
Her work can be found in the collections of The Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver, The Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning NY.
“My favourite part of my creative process is working out a new design or idea in the studio. The process of blowing glass in a hot shop is interesting and exciting and I find that the time spent making work in the studio is my most vigorous conceptual incubator, one idea coming out of another. I am fascinated by the optical trickery of glass and enjoy making work that exploits its optical properties.”