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not just carved but Designed for YOU

Locally Designed × Crafted with Love

Ice Carvings begin with a Design

What why and how do I use them?

Designed Ice opened In July 2017, by Duane Schmelhaus.  Duane has been honing his craft for many years working with various master carvers from around the world.

Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. Ice sculptures are generally associated with special or extravagant events because of their limited lifetime.

The lifetime of a sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment, thus a sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months. There are several ice festivals held around the world, hosting competitions of ice sculpture carving.

Ice sculptures feature decoratively in some cuisines and may be used to enhance the presentation of foods, especially cold foods such as seafood or sorbets. The story of the creation of the dish Peach Melba recounts that Chef Auguste Escoffier used an ice swan to present the dish.  At holiday buffets and Sunday brunches some large restaurants and hotels will use ice sculptures to decorate the buffet tables. Cruise ship buffets are also famous for their use of ice sculptures.

Ice sculptures are often used at wedding receptions, usually as some form of decoration. Popular subjects for ice sculptures at weddings are hearts, doves, and swans. Swans have a reputation for monogamy, partly accounting for their popularity.

Ice sculptures may be used at a bar, in the form of an ice luge, or even the entire bar may be made of ice.

Ice sculptures with high surface area like in a radiator can be use to cool air to blow on people during heat wave events when air conditioning is not available.



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Antioch, TN 37013

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So a little bit about us...

Designed Ice, LLC opened in 2017 by owners Duane & Melissa.

Duane’s family has a long history of entrepreneurs, Great Grandpa, August Samosky, opened his first bakery in Cleveland, Ohio in 1910.  Duane's Dad & Mom owned and operated L&M Coating in 1980, working late nights in the basement coating and building eyeglasses, which is probably where his late night work ethic began.

Duane, a Master Pastry Chef, and Award winning Ice Carver graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. in 1993. After traveling though Europe, Duane has worked at several hotels, resorts and Universities across  the U.S. where he perfected and developed his skills.  Duane is one of only 500 professional ice carvers in the United States, studying under Champion Master Carvers over the last 10+ years.

It was a chance meeting in 2001 while working as a chef that Duane meet his first Champion Ice Carver.  Knowing there are no stupid questions Duane asked if he could learn.  He spent years working full time as an Executive Pastry Chef by day and late nights apprenticing in the art of ice.

Designed Ice was developed after working and training with a variety of Professional Ice Carvers and World Champions from around the world.  Duane has competed in multiple World Ice Art Championships at "Ice Alaska", along with competing in a variety of local and national events.  Always enhancing his skills with some of the very best carvers in the world.

In 2016 Duane had a dream of Designed Ice, to make this a reality he ordered 1000 ink pens with the logo of Designed Ice on them.  He started writing out his dream of having his own ice studio.  The balance part of Duane is his wife Melissa.  She handles the business side of Designed Ice while Duane is in the freezer carving she is in the office keeping the books and taking your orders.  You will get to know her as she works with you and your Designed Ice order.

We believe what you take from the earth needs to be given back.  If you can dream it we can make it within reason.  

Explore the beauty of ice, where art and ice collide at Designed Ice.


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Deposits are nonrefundable.
They are considered to cover the price of the artwork by the artist.

NO REFUNDS once a piece has been delivered 

Canceled Carvings the week of the event will be charged 25% of the invoiced amount.

Please note that any returned check will require a $50 returned check fee along with any fees acquired by Designed Ice from their financial institution.