iLan was born in and grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. At 18 he moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend school at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Industrial Design, specializing in Special Effects. After earning his A.S. in Industrial Design, he moved to Columbus, OH to attend school at Ohio State University. It was there he fell into the glass department.

While studying under Richard Harned, iLan worked to improve both technically and artistically. He focused on both traditional venetian vessels and began to implement the use of metal in his sculptures.

After earning his BFA in glass from Ohio State, he moved to Washington to work at Pilchuck Glass School. He currently lives in Seattle, WA working for local artists.

He has worked with or assisted many artists throughout the world including:

  • Rik Allen,
  • Eddie Bernard,
  • Scott Benefield,
  • Allison Chism,
  • The DeLaTorre Brothers,
  • Katherine Gray,
  • Richard Harned,
  • Ruth King,
  • Benjamin Moore,
  • William Morris,
  • Ross Richmond,
  • Therman Statom,
  • Jake Stout,
  • Lino Tagliapietra,
  • Bill Teschner,
  • Pamina Traylor,
  • Randy Walker,
  • Robert Wiley,
  • Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen