Allen Hampton is celebrating his 5th year at the Chattanooga Market, but he’s been creating art for nearly his whole life. As a youngster, his mother fostered his creative inclination, which he later turned into a degree in Architecture at the University of Tennessee. As a young adult, he sought such adventures as hiking in Europe and building his own home in the Cherokee National Forest..from trees he cut himself.
It was later in life, after his daughter was nearly grown, that he and his wife were able to lean less on life’s practical means of earning money, and follow their dreams of creating and selling their art. So in the late ‘90s, Allen began working with metal. And this is the gift he has since brought to our community for several years now; and hopefully, many more to come.
Using reclaimed steel provides durability and is easily accessible, especially since Allen has created his own “scrapyard” at his home. Drawing much of his inspiration from nature, he loves to be outside, gardening and watching critters…plants, animals, stones, reptiles, bugs and even bark and twigs are his choice for the ultimate beautiful designs. He utilizes many shapes and types of reclaimed metal pieces and enjoys the “experiment of the design” in each one. He “sketches” out his works sometimes, right there in the scrapyard, moving around the pieces until it suits his idea. Each piece goes through many evolutions throughout the process. He carefully designs for balance and harmony, with an element of surprise at the finish.
Allen rarely misses an opportunity to come to the Market on Sundays. Folks who know him, know Allen is light-natured. His works are whimsical, silly and bring a smile to your face. He sells interior and exterior works as well as commissioned pieces. You have likely seen a “Hampton” around town at a local restaurant or business. You too can enjoy your very own Hampton original.