Specializing in custom-made copper and brass lanterns and lamps that use propane, natural gas, or electricity and evoke the elegance of historic Charleston.
When Jan Clouse was building her Mount Pleasant home, she went to a lighting store to see about a pair of gas lanterns for her front door. The somewhat flustered clerk told Clouse the cost would exceed $3,500 – and then turned her back on Clouse in favor of another customer. End of discussion.
That lack of service launched Clouse into search mode. She found someone in upstate South Carolina who had been handcrafting gas lanterns for 20 years. The artisan made a pair of gas lanterns for Clouse.
Clouse realized she knew others who wanted gas lanterns and made arrangements with the upstate artisan to supply them.
“The next thing we know, we’re in the lantern business,” recalls Clouse.
She started Carolina Lanterns & Accessories in July of 1999. The business specializes in custom-made copper and brass lanterns and lamps that use propane, natural gas, or electricity and evoke the elegance of historic Charleston. Clouse learned the business inside and out, including the characteristics of liquid propane and natural gas and the way gas lines are installed. She calls her business education “Gas 101,” a schooling she says has garnered her products good grades from homeowners, building contractors, SCANA Corp. and South Carolina Electric & Gas professionals — even architects.