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2014 American Made Winner

Chase Allen

After graduating from a university with a degree in business, it took less than two years in the business world to change my course in life forever. Upon realizing life is simply too short to not be happy with what I do, I quit my job and moved out to bridgeless Daufuskie Island and started selling my handcrafted metal sculptures off the porch of my small "Gullah" cottage. To this day, I jokingly refer to that decision as my "quarter-life crisis." At that time, I had no idea if my designs or ability in metal artistry would lure Daufuskie visitors away from the nearby resorts, but word of mouth spread and before I knew it, I was a full-time professional artist. A few years later, I was discovered by a couple of national magazines, and the rest is history. I continue to run my studio/gallery on Daufuskie Island and also ship my sculptures around the globe thanks to the customers who visit my website. As an artist, my hopes are always to inspire people to take risks in a pursuit of self-discovery.

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