Top 10 ice carver in the world calls Flowertown home
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - One of the top ice carvers in the world lives in Summerville. Brian Connors owns and operates Ice Age Ice Sculptures in Flowertown. The irony of making and sculpting ice in Summerville does not escape him.
"That's a little strange to say, 'You're from South Carolina.' They are like, 'What are you doing? You don't even have ice in South Carolina.' But we make it like everybody else," Connors said.
Summerville's ice man himself recently showed off his chops at the annual World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Connors carved for three days straight in sometimes 30-below-zero degree weather.
" The block of ice was 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide and 3 feet deep," he said. "It was challenging to say the least," he said.
Connors and his partner placed ninth in the realistic division of the competition against 70 of the best ice artists across the globe.
"We had Germany, Russia, Thailand, Japan. It was nice to represent the state," Connors said.
The teams chose to sculpt an angel and named it "Connie's Spirit" in memory of Connors' mother.
"Every time I look at it I'm a little more proud," Connors said.
As his practice piece slowly melts away in his Summerville freezer, Connors is already brainstorming for next year's competition.
"We are going to go back next year and I would like to finish in top five -- top three is where I'd like to go," he said.