Tell us about yourself!
My name is Dean Allison. I have been working with glass for 20 years. I was introduced to glass (as a trade/ art form) in a college elective class with Jack Wax while in a studio painting program at Illinois State University. I am presently a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I was drawn to glass blowing initially through its industrial trade nature. As a painter interested in the figure it became clear that glass is to me the most adequate material to translate the human condition. I have chosen several processes that enable me to create a document of an individual. These processes help me to work more independently, cost-effectively and sustain a practice in the arts while at the same time experimenting with the chemistry of making glass and constructing mold materials. I also love working with a live model and developing new ways to work with the figure and the portrait bust.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I work with the figure, portrait sculpture and understanding the human condition using glass. I am interested in documenting people and life, relationships and creating sculpture about how we perceive ourselves and others.
What is your dream project?
At this moment I would like to work on a public art piece of several community members, life-size, full scale in glass and bronze or a family portrait of all my brothers and sisters.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Possibly a chef, short story writer or stuntman
What's something about you that most people don't know?
My work is inspired by figurative painters like Lucian fried and Francis Bacon. I’m from a big family and my favorite glass artist is Mark Pieser
Why are you a member of GAS?
Because if you’re a professional in glass or have any interest in glass than it is the best organization to be a part of to build relationships and connect with like-minded creative people.
To learn more about Dean Allison, or to see more of his work, go to his GAS Member Page