Concrete Workshop - in pictures

Well...last week was a challenge. The Beast From The East + Storm Emma made for all the fun and no fun at all, in many cases (...our overly enthusiastic puppy broke his toe in a whirl of snow-filled excitement!). However, despite what looked like poor odds, we hosted our first workshop with Havelock Studio and it was great fun! Our studio was toasty, we had wonderful guests and the concrete set beautifully. To be repeated!

This is our evening in (pretty poor it has to be said*) pictures
[*the event running at all was touch and go because of the weather...remembering the good camera and tripod went out of the window!]

 The Scales, critical for getting the concrete recipe 'just so'. And sitting on top is the mold for the  Concrete Paperweight .

The Scales, critical for getting the concrete recipe 'just so'. And sitting on top is the mold for the Concrete Paperweight.

The set up was simple, relaxed and informal. People arrived, Jack talked. He is incredibly knowledgable about the material and was detailed and interesting. People asked questions, selected their mold, followed the precise recipe, stirred, poured, mixed and chatted whilst the concrete set. 

 Boxes lined up next to the molds and 'students' taking instruction.

Boxes lined up next to the molds and 'students' taking instruction.

 Jack Havelock surveying the weighing, pouring and mixing processes.

Jack Havelock surveying the weighing, pouring and mixing processes.

 Mixing in the perfect containers...cut up milk bottles, of course.

Mixing in the perfect containers...cut up milk bottles, of course.

 Molds being tapped to release the air bubbles

Molds being tapped to release the air bubbles

The exact recipe and the considerable hours of time testing, tweaking, adjusting that has gone into perfecting it is, frankly, pretty intense. The actual process of pouring, mixing and allowing the concrete to set is satisfyingly fast. Within 45 mins the first pieces were ready to be taken out of their molds. There was a collective intake of breath as the first was attempted and spontaneous clapping when it came out. A concrete birth someone described it as!

To see our collection of concrete homewares, visit our Accessories section

 Each person chose what size tea light holder they would like to make (small, medium or large), these are the drying molds, the examples of finished one and, oh, a finished glass of wine too, it seems.

Each person chose what size tea light holder they would like to make (small, medium or large), these are the drying molds, the examples of finished one and, oh, a finished glass of wine too, it seems.

 And the moment of truth, small tea light holder being un-molded.

And the moment of truth, small tea light holder being un-molded.

And, because last week's snow simply has to be documented...

 The puppy who LOVED snow...

The puppy who LOVED snow...

 ...but loved it a bit too much...and broke his toe by skidding into the garden wall :(

...but loved it a bit too much...and broke his toe by skidding into the garden wall :(