Born in Dallas, Texas, Alison Berger has been blowing glass since the age of fifteen. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and then continued her studies at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture. After working as an architect for many years, she established Alison Berger Glassworks in 1994.

Berger was the first American artist commissioned by Hermès to design a line of objects, and was one of a select group of artists commissioned by Comme des Garçons to create an architectural installation in the flagship store in Tokyo.

Her innovative work is in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass. It has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the exhibition The Un-Private House, and also at the Cooper Hewitt in New York, in the exhibition Design Life Now: National Design Triennial. As the artist in residence at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, she created a series of lighting concepts based on eighteenth century etchings by Denis Diderot. Berger received the Elle Deco International Design Award for lighting.

Her work continues to be exhibited and published extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.