Posts Tagged ‘iron fish gallery’


Artisan Chase Allen Writes About His American Made Winning Experience

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Winning the Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice award was so thrilling. There were the obvious perks, such as the $10,000 grand prize, the all-expenses paid trip to New York City, the chance to meet Martha Stewart and tour her headquarters, the heightened exposure for my handcrafted coastal metal sculptures. But upon arrival to the awards weekend, I soon realized that I’d overlooked the most important perk of all.

I realized that I was finally surrounded (quite literally) by like-minded creative entrepreneurs. I work and live on a very small and bridge-less island called Daufuskie, and the truth is, I don’t come into contact with too many people who have that risk-taking mind-set found in entrepreneurs or that creativity that oozes out of artists and artisans. Meeting people with both of these talents is very rare for me.

I have visitors stopping by my Daufuskie Island Iron Fish Gallery every day to see my work, and they often say a quick congratulations on being a successful “maker.” I often don’t understand what it is about my work that impresses people. Since creating coastal sculptures from steel is what I’ve been doing professionally now for 14 years, these responses fall on deaf ears. Simply put, this is my job. I don’t see myself or my career as anything special, so the majority of the time, I don’t realize why people seem so impressed with what it is that I do.

Well, thanks to the American Made Awards Summit,  I have a slightly better understanding of what it is my visitors are seeing. I spent a decent amount of time with the other winners during the weekend, and we toured what I like to call “Martha’s world” together. We also rehearsed together, waited together, stayed at the same hotel, shared cabs, etc. In other words, we had plenty of time to swap stories and “trade secrets,” and to say I learned a lot would be an understatement. I found myself so enamored with everyone’s stories of success and quickly became “impressed.” I was seeing in others what others see in me.

Hard work, creativity, intelligence, risk-taking, vision, and good ol’ stubborn persistence are very special abilities that all of the winners had in common.  These makers not only create, they also tackle headfirst the not-so-sexy sides of being a “maker,” such as marketing, accounting, sourcing, shipping, website management, displays, communications, public relations, and more. I now conclude that what my customers are most impressed with and inspired by is the fact that where millions of people have the ability to make things, only a fortunate few are able to create a real business out of making those things. Now, I wake up and pinch myself, knowing I am lucky to be one of those few, and feeling honored to have been surrounded by so many other inspiring makers.

martha stewart and Chase Allen presenting

Martha Stewart and Chase Allen presenting

 

Martha Stewart and Chase Allen

Martha Stewart and Chase Allen

2014 Martha Stewart American  Winners

2014 Martha Stewart American Winners

Black Friday American Made Discount – One time per year!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Black Friday at American Made’s Winner Chase Allen and his Iron Fish Gallery

Clearly I am not able to keep up with the large retailers during the Holiday season.  However, the Christmas Holidays bring in so many orders in a short period of time that it allows me to offer a 10% off three day  “group” discount which am always thankful to offer.

Starting tomorrow, everything on my website is offered at 10% off the retail price.  This discount will only last through “Cyber Monday” and this is the only time of year where I am able to offer this discount.  I hope everyone wanting to give an original, handcrafted gift this year is poised to take advantage of this annual holiday special.  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!   – Chase Allen

2014 black friday american made iron fish gallery ad

2014 black friday american made iron fish gallery ad

Ocean Outpost Blogs About Daufuskie Island

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Ocean Outpost Blogs About Daufuskie Island

 

Recently, John Flanagan from Ocean Outpost visited Daufuskie Island and wrote a nice blog about his visit.  Take a second to see what this first-timer to Daufuskie had to say about his day on our Island.

http://oceanoutpost.com/daufuskie-island-out-of-the-main-stream/

Iron Fish Bones - A Handcrafted Coastal Sculpture

 

Here is an excerpt from the blog:

We went to Daufuskie without much of an agenda, but we did want to do a few things while on the island,

  • Spend time on the beach
  • Do some surf fishing
  • Explore the island
  • Have dinner at Marshside Mama’s. Marshside Mama’s is a quirky restaurant, right on the marsh, as you would guess, with fire pits, outdoor seating in the sand, and live music on select nights. The food is great and the atmosphere is funky Daufuskie.
  • Visit The Iron Fish Gallery. Artist/sculptor Chase Allen runs the gallery and creates ocean and sea life inspired steel and iron sculptures of all kinds…birds, crabs, fish, mermaids. Chase personally greeted us and showed us around the studio and gallery…lots of great work on display! He ships directly from Daufuskie, be sure to visit his website and online store http://www.ironfishart.com/.

There is a self-guided trail that looks interesting, we didn’t take it…maybe we will on our next visit. Our eleven-year-old niece Kessa travelled with us and she loved the beach and surf fishing where she caught her first shark, a tiny one about 14 inches long. This is where it begins, take time to take a kid fishing. You never know when you might spark a life-long interest in the outdoors!

 

Finally a Water Taxi from Bluffton to Daufuskie Island!

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Finally a Water Taxi from Bluffton to Daufuskie Island!

Are you looking for a private water taxi from Bluffton to Daufuskie Island?  If the answer is yes, call Captain Chris Shoemaker at 843-304-2878.  Captain Shoemaker is the owner of May River Excursions and where he offers fishing charters and dolphin watching charters in addition to the water taxi to Daufuskie.   You can visit www.mayriverexcursions.com or email Captain Chris at mayriverexcursions@gmail.com.  

Ask Captain Chris about lining up a golf cart rental for your 4 hour self guided tour.  A day on Daufuskie is a day you will never forget.  Cart yourself to view the historic arhitecture, museum or other landmarks.   Pack a lunch or plan your trip so that you can dine at Marshside Mama’s, The Daufuskie Crab Company, or Eagles Nest.  Of course stop by to see Daufuskie’s island artisans Chase Allen of The Iron Fish Gallery or Lancy Burn of Silver Dew Pottery.  

daufuskie artist chase allen sculpting

daufuskie artist chase allen sculpting

 

Enjoy the ride, enjoy the island, enjoy the day.

 

Daufuskie Island sunset

Daufuskie Island sunset

 

 

fishing on daufuskie island

fishing on daufuskie island

Daufuskie Island workshop-Tarpon Sculpture Under Construction

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
tarpon sculpture under construction

tarpon sculpture under construction

tarpon sculpture under construction at The Iron FIsh Gallery on Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island Iron Fish Gallery sculpture landmark

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Daufuskie Island Iron Fish Gallery sculpture landmark

Daufuskie Island Iron Fish Gallery sculpture landmark

Daufuskie Island Iron Fish Gallery sculpture landmark

Did you know that this fish sculpture’s eye is made from a stove burner???

The Iron Fish Gallery’s Coastal Sculptures and Beach House Decorations on PINTEREST!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Iron Fish Gallery’s Coastal Sculptures and Beach House Decorations on PINTEREST!

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http://pinterest.com/ironfishart/products-i-love/

lobster art

lobster art

Lobster sculpture handcrafted by metal artist /coastal sculptor Chase Allen

2011 Iron Fish/Volunteers In Medicine Christmas Ornaments On Daufuskie Island

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The 5th Annual, 2011 Iron Fish/Volunteers In Medicine Christmas Ornaments have finally made it back to Daufuskie Island.  The Volunteers in Medicine fund raiser ornaments are made by Chase Allen from The Iron Fish Gallery and hand decorated by the Daufuskie Island Elementary School students.  After the students decorate the ornaments,  all 200 colorful swimmers head to hilton head for packaging and then are delivered back by Daufuskie resident and Volunteers in Medicine Nurse Diane Simonelli.

If you would like to add to your ornament collection or start a new one, please contact Diane Simonelli at 842-4570.  Only 100 are coming back to Daufuskie so call Diane ASAP to get the pick of the litter.  They sell out every year!

Happy Holidays from The Iron Fish Gallery, The Daufuskie Island Elementary School, and of course, our low country heros, Volunteers in Medicine.

15% OFF-Celebrating 10 Years of Handcrafting Coastal Sculptures

Monday, November 21st, 2011

15% OFF-Celebrating 10 Years of Handcrafting Coastal Sculptures

Happy Holiday Shopping everyone!  This year, for the first time ever, in an attempt to keep up with the retail giants of the world, I am offering 15% OFF all of my Iron Fish sculptures from Black Friday through Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.   Thanks to all of my customers for 10 AWESOME years!

black friday 15% OFF discount

black friday 15% OFF discount

The Iron Fish Gallery – 10 Years of specializing in handcrafted coastal wall hung sculptures

Iron Fish Friday–$100 Gift Certificate

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Iron Fish Friday–$100 Gift Certificate–Simply Comment on this facebook post to enter.

Iron Fish Coastal Art Gift certificate

Iron Fish Coastal Art Gift certificate

The winner will be randomly drawn and announced Monday morning(September 5th, 2011).  For all of you who collect coastal art, this is a good day for you.  Here is your chance to win timeless, vintage finished, handcrafted coastal sculptures.  It can’t get any easier to enter.  Simply leave a comment on The Iron Fish Gallery facebook page

( http://www.facebook.com/IronFishGalleryCoastalSculptures?ref=ts ) under this very entry(Friday Facebook post) and you might win today’s $100 Iron Fish gift certificate.

Good luck to all that comment!!!

The Iron Fish GalleryVintage Finished Coastal Decor at it’s Finest