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Ironfish Art

Ironfish ArtWinner of the Martha Stewart 2014 Made in America Award!

Situated along a dirt road deep in Daufuskie's maritime forest, Chase Allen's gallery is a treasured local landmark. Visitors will find a yard filled with handmade metal sculptures,they'll also find the self-taught artist himself, hammering, cutting, forging and welding under the shade of a moss-draped oak.

In the artist's own words:

WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT? The handcrafted artistry of my metal sculptures coupled with my island lifestyle and location is what makes my business stand out. I also believe that my unusual career change and "follow the dream" mentality resonate in many people's minds and hearts. Many people choose a career path for all the wrong reasons. It's tough to know who one is when one typically make these choices at such a young age and with few life experiences. In 14 years of talking with customers, a common thread I hear is "congratulations for following your dream". Inspiring someone to take a risk to follow their own dreams is truthfully the greatest reward my career could ever offer me.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE AN ASPIRING CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR?

Be original. Trust your gut. Follow your vision. Think outside of the box. Thrive on nay sayers....turn their doubts in to positivity and let it be fuel to drive you further. Invest in yourself. Live simply and frugally. Show constant gratitude for your abilities by utilizing them.

WHAT DOES AMERICAN MADE MEAN TO YOU?

Coupling our unique freedoms with our abilities in an effort to create in the presence of a risk of failure, is what American Made means to me.