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Lowcountry Daufuskie Island gallery earns spot in national competition

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Chase Allen says his artistic abilities are in his genes.

“My mother’s side of the family is very artistic,” said the 37-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native.

Allen owns and operates The Iron Fish Gallery on Daufuskie Island, S.C. From fish to mermaids, the gallery, which opened in 2001, houses dozens of Allen’s handcrafted iron aquatic themed sculptures.

“When I started out, I welded together a large iron fish sculpture for the entrance to my gallery. At the time, the name of the gallery was called ‘The Rusted Lava Art Shop,’ which really never stuck,” said Allen, “I started to specialize in hand crafted fish sculptures around the time that people started referencing the large iron fish sculpture out by the entrance as ‘The Iron Fish.’

The gallery is currently nominated in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards competition. A collector of Allen’s work nominated the gallery in the crafts: Recycled, Upcycled, Vintage Crafts category. The gallery has made if through the first round and is currently competing against hundreds other businesses from around the country.

“I’m no motivational speaker, but I strongly believe that you can do 99 percent of what you put your mind to doing. I had a strong desire to become an artist/artisan, and luckily I am usually fearless about going after things I want,” Allen said.

“The brain can figure out all things… I was inspired by a few artisans I had met between 1999-2001 and just knew I could figure out how to do what they were doing.”

Allen, a self-taught welder and artist, has been making his sculptures for 14 years, and it can take him any where from an hour to a month to complete a single piece of work.

In 2007 Allen’s work was featured nationally in “Coastal Living” magazine and “Southern Living” magazine, but he said his skill level and creativity have increased quite a bit since then and he hopes that the contest will help grow his audience by increasing traffic to his gallery.

“It was great to be nominated but it feels even better to be a finalist!” said Allen.

“Choosing to become an artist is almost certainly choosing to have a life of living paycheck to paycheck unless you somehow expand your audience. I was fortunate to gain national exposure in 2007… But since that time, my skill level and creativity has increased greatly and it would be invaluable to communicate that not only am I still making sculptures but I am growing as an artist and a business.”

If the gallery is selected as one of the top 10 finalists – nine are chosen by Stewart and her panel of judges and the remaining winner will be selected as a wildcard finalist by online voters- Allen will get the chance to travel to New York City for the American Made event, have a video produced by Martha Stewart’s in-house team, be featured in numerous national publications, including, “Martha Stewart Living” magazine and be awarded a $10,000 prize.

And as for that $10,000 prize, Allen has a plan for that, too.

“(The prize) makes every one of the votes a little sweeter…,” said Allen,  “What will I do with the $10,000 cash prize you ask? Well, my first thoughts are to spend the money as if I had found it in the pocket of a pair of jeans packed away from last winter. But, here’s the real the plan,”

 • $7,000 will go towards Holmes Desmelik’s doctor bills via ‘Team Holmes.’ Holmes is the six-year-old son of Allen’s friend and is currently battling a brain tumor.

• $3,000 will be distributed to Doctors Without Borders, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Ankylosing Spondylitis Association, and toward a scholarship for an aspiring teen blacksmith to attend a course at John C. Campbell Folk School.

About The Iron Fish Gallery

Phone: 843-842-9448

Location: 168 Benjies Point Road, Daufuskie Island, S.C. 29915



Coastal Sculptor Chase Allen American Made  martha stewart

Coastal Sculptor Chase Allen American Made martha stewart

Daufuskie Island’s Iron Fish Wants Your Holiday Business!

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Hello All,

I wanted to let all of my faithful Daufuskie Island customers know that  this coming Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, for the first time ever, all Iron Fish sculptures at the Daufuskie Iron Fish Gallery will be discounted 15%!!!!!!!!!

I hope that everyone opts to shop on Daufuskie this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.  You are certain to miss all of the traffic and long lines plus, you will be purchasing a one of a kind holiday gift!

If you are in fact buying gifts for someone and need it shipped, simply explain the order in the Iron Fish sign in log on the front porch and I will call you for details when I arrive back on the island.  Many of you may not know that I have developed a very nice gift wrapping option which I am offering for FREE this holiday season!  Click here to view sample:

Many thanks to you all for 10 awesome years!

Chase Allen

the iron fish

the iron fish

Established December of 2001

Black Friday -Cyber Monday Discounts – More reasons to shop from home this holiday season

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Black Friday –Cyber Monday

REASONS 6-10 to shop from home this holiday season

mahi mahi dophin wall mount sculpture

4ft mahi mahi dophin wall mount sculpture-$425

Reason 6: Stay away from hostile shoppers and drink hot tea while sitting in front of your computer.

Reason 7: You will be buying a memorable gift this holiday season.

Reason 8: Avoid the traffic and long lines.  I know I am repeating this one but it is VERY important to keep the holiday cheer!

Reason 9: Get the same savings with out the hassle.

Reason 10: Have your holiday gifts shipped free directly to your house and if purchasing a coastal sculpture from The Iron Fish, enjoy free gift wrapping!

Shop online this Black Friday- Cyber Monday and save on time and money!!!  Shop from the comfort of your own home and while your at it, don’t waste any time on gift wrapping either….we got it covered!  Don’t forget reason # 1 to shop at this BLACK FRIDAY-CYBER MONDAY….15% off ALL coastal sculptures.

coastal bathroom with crab sculpture-$215 w/ free shipping

coastal bathroom with crab sculpture

The Iron Fish- Specializing in handcrafted coastal sculptures shipped direct!

“North Carolina” Iron Fish Sculpture Decorating Traditional Coastal Room

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Aha!!- An XL “North Carolina” Iron Fish Sculpture Decorating a Traditional Coastal Room

This traditional coastal bedroom decor relaxes a bit with the help of this new “North Carolina” Iron Fish sculpture.  This x-large coastal sculpture($440) is the perfect size to make a statement for tranquility.  When relaxing in a beach home, no one wants to feel as if they are surrounded by perfection.  Perfection makes relaxation a bit difficult.  This vintage finished hand crafted coastal Iron Fish sculpture really “brings the ocean to the beach house.”  Notice how the colors of the fins work perfectly with the blues of the linens.

coastal bedroom

coastal bedroom

iron fish sculpture

iron fish sculpture

The Iron Fish-“Coastal decor at it’s finest!”

Creative Coastal Designs…It’s In The Blood!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
vintage coastal sculptures and decor

vintage coastal sculptures and decor

Being a professional artist over the past years I have had many people ask many times, “how do you come up with these ideas?”.  Not wanting to go in to my long and often confusing version of my belief in a higher power, it is so simple for me to explain that I was born in to it.  Literally, art is in my blood.

My aunt, Lindsay Daniel, president and founder of Lindsay Daniel Architecture has made an incredible name for herself in the world or Architects.  Her firm in Charlotte, NC(yes the city that used to be a town) has a portfolio that would impress the most harsh of critics.  She has been an incredible influence on my work simply through my observation of her discipline.  I would say that the best lesson I have learned from her is that you never stop developing as an artist. (more…)