hand cast stone
Portland cement, vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, sand and an acrylic adhesive are mixed with a small amount of water and then carefully packed into the forms.
Forms are constructed with found materials (like baskets or vintage mixing bowls) that create interesting shapes. I also construct my own forms using foam boards.
Texture can be added to the form itself to imprint the stone, or after the stone has set with tools such as files, chisels and wire brushes.
Once the stone has been cast and removed from the form, it is wrapped in plastic and misted with water everyday for a month.
To personalize the pots I started collecting little offbeat objects.
They hang out among the plants and have attitudes that set them apart from everything else.
Vintage japanese salt and pepper shakers, miniature ceramic figures, clay marbles, handblown glass pieces and retro wind up toys reflect their own unique spirit.
I wanted to build some raised garden beds that would make our garden appear established from age when I found a recipe for making cast stone called hypertufa.
The materials replicate aged english stone, but to get the hang of working with the stone it was suggested to make pots first. I started casting pots and forgot all about the garden beds.
My pots are based on my own environment and influenced by organic qualities like the texture of an old branch, or a hole in a rock that has a plant growing in it.
I love the timeless qualities of old weathered stone and how it grounds the space it surrounds.