Rik Allen in the studio.  photo: M. Stubblefield

Rik Allen in the studio. photo: M. Stubblefield

My work is as much about outer space as inner space. At first glance, the work may seem to be all about the exploration of the cosmos, but a closer look reveals more humble elements that speak of memory and transparency, revealing inner and outward perspectives.  By incorporating elements that appear worn and experienced, as well as vestiges of an earlier era, I hope to give the work a sense of experimentation, invention, and exploration.  My intent is to open up the imaginations of viewers whose own narratives shift as their minds move from exterior perspective of these vessels to inner possibilities.


1991 BA, Anthropology Franklin Pierce College, NH

Betsy and Richard Ehrenberg, Santa Fe, NM

Blue Origin Aerospace, Kent, WA

Boeing World Headquarters, Chicago, IL

Elon Musk, Los Angeles, CA

Eugene Roddenberry, Los Angeles, CA

Flying Heritage Collection, Everett, WA

Jeff Bezos Collection, Seattle, WA

Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, AL

Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Paul Allen Family Foundation Collection, Seattle, WA

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, Bellingham, WA

Toyama Institute of Glass, Toyama, Japan



Seeker Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Museum of Northwest Art LaConner WA

Fertile Ground, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX


Cheek, Lawrence W., “Rik Allen’s Rockets,” 2012 Western Art & Architecture, Oct/Nov, p. 150

New Glass Review 33, Reviewed, and Significant Accusations; the Corning Museum of Glass Annual

Gutierrez, Jason, “Rik Allen boldly goes where no Glass Artist has gone before,” Glass, The Urban Glass Quarterly, Fall, pp. 12-13

“Adrift,” American Art Collector, October, p. 156

Jackson, Devon, “To Infinity and Beyond,” Santa Fean, Fall, 2010

Carver, Jon; “Rik Allen”, THE magazine, Critical reflections: page 53

Borgwardt, Michelle, “Incortex,” American Art Collector, Fall 2010

Dewalt, Robert,” Space Modulator,” Pasa Tiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican

Josslin, Victoria, “Morris Code,” Glass, The Urban Glass Quarterly, 2009

Simon, William, “Dreams Lift off at the Science Fiction Museum,” Launch Magazine, May

Hackett, Regina, “Innersphere: Sculptural Works by Rik Allen,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 25

Glowen, Ron, “Innersphere: Sculptural Works by Rik Allen,” American Craft Magazine, March/April

Wagoneer, Shawn; “Innersphere, Sculptural Works by Rik Allen,” Art Glass Magazine, March, pp. 64-68

Cass, Robin, “Innersphere; Sculptural Works by Rik Allen,” Critical Issues, Glass Art Society News, March, 2008

Goffredo, Theresa. “Blast off into a world of space imagination,” The Herald, Everett, WA

Lintereur, Josh, “Space Sculptures-the Voyages of an Artist,” Skagit Valley Herald, November, 2007

500 Glass Objects, pg. 384, Lark Publishing

 “Team Effort,” Artisan Northwest Magazine, Spring Issue, p.24

Carol Duvall Show, Aired May 23, 2002, “Marriage in Glass”

American Craft Magazine 2001, June/July, Portfolios Section p76



2013 Presenter, Demonstrator: Glass Boston- Boston, MA

2012 Designer, Venetian Collaboration Project, Davide Salvadore and Shelley Muzylowski Allen Venice,
2009 Board Member : Glass Art Society
2008 May/August Assistant Artistic Program Director Pilchuck Glass School
2007 Scholarship Juror, Glass Art Society
1995 to 2007 Engraving & Cold work William Morris, Sculptor
1994 Teaching Assistant Pilchuck Glass School
1995 to 2002 Studio & Cold Shop Coordinator Pilchuck Glass School
1993 to 1994 Studio Assistant James Watkins Glass Studio
1992 to 1994 Studio Assistant Michael Schiener Sculpture Studio
1991 to 1994 Studio Assistant Jonathon Bonner Sculpture Studio
1991 to 1992 Studio Assistant Daniel Clayman, Glass
1991 Studio apprentice, Ceramics Lee Segal