DIRECT CONCRETE TECHNIQUE
I developed my method of direct concrete construction for sculpture. The advantages of this medium are many; the results are immediate, permanent, and durable for exterior or interior use. The form can be modified and refined throughout the construction, and it is economical and ecologically sound. I have expanded this technique of hand built concrete to create art furniture.
A steel armature is formed by bending and welding 3/8 inch reinforcement bars. Hardware cloth and poultry wire are wrapped around the armature and attached with wire. The first of many layers of concrete is then applied to the armature. A very dry mixture of sifted sand and cement is pressed into the structure by hand. As successive layers are built up, I am able to assess the aesthetics of the piece and modify it as necessary.
The surface of my furniture resembles faux marble. For the last layers, I use a "slip" of silica flour and cement, bushed on and sanded between applications. Color is achieved through the use of dyes and/or acrylics applied during the final coats. A latex sealer is applied to protect the finish and also serves to waterproof the piece so that it may function in either an exterior or interior setting.