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July 4, 2016

Iron Fish

Many people talk of quitting their job and moving to a quiet island. Chase Allen actually did it. He moved to bridge-less Daufuskie Island to work as metal artist and sculptor.

The designer & studio: A Charlotte, NC, native, Allen graduated from UNC Wilmington with a marketing degree and worked as real estate agent before quitting to follow his passion. In 2001, the self-taught artist opened the South Carolina-based Iron Fish Gallery & Studio, which specializes in hand-crafted coastal sculptures made from 16 and 20 gauge sheets of steel.

What’s popular: Mermaid sculptures ($365 to $1,195), ranging in three sizes: three, five and seven feet.

Other favorites: Crab and stingray sculptures ($185 to $1,575).

Fun requests: Working on my first installation, which will consist of more than 100 sculptures for a nature center at Palmetto Bluff’s new Moreland Village development. Also getting orders from as far away as Australia.

Claim to fame: Won the nationwide American Made audience choice award contest sponsored by Martha Stewart, who also owns a mermaid sculpture. Also featured in various magazines, including Coastal Living and Southern Living.

Where to buy: www.IronFishArt.com or catch the ferry to the beach studio and gallery on SC’s Daufuskie Island, situated between Hilton Head Island and Tybee Island.

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