Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada Jill Allan is currently attending Bowling Green State University in Ohio to pursue an MFA in the Glass Department there. In 1999 she graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design earning a BFA with a major in Glass. Her work is included in the collections of the Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning N.Y. and the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary. Jill has received several awards for her work and scholarship including: The Dr. Alice E. Wilson Fellowship form the Canadian Federation of University Women 2012, The Katzner Graduate Research Grant 2011 and The BC Creative Achievement Award in 2007. Her work is quiet, based in the craft tradition of vessel making, but not exclusively functional.
I think of myself as a hybrid: designer – craft maker – artist. I love the idea of crossover. For a long time I struggled with the urge to do all three, seeing it as a problem. But now I see, from a different perspective, the rich, strong quality that my work has because of this crossover of approach.
My work is quiet, based in the craft tradition of vessel making, but not exclusively functional. I am influenced by Scandinavian designs, particularly those of Finland’s iittala and interested in designing with light both for public sculpture and also for the home. Often my work rolls around and rocks back and forth, and while it is not overtly conceptual I believe that this subtle but significant characteristic abstracts the form and certainly the function.