Casting of the Timo's Bar 2011

Casting of the Timo's Bar 2011

 

My story begins in my early years. I was always drawn to the arts and architecture starting as early as I can remember. I have to give credit to both of my parents for giving me the building blocks I have today that have helped me bring my early life interests to reality. My mother for noticing my interest and helping expose me to it, and my father for having a natural ability to create from sketch-construction. I remember my early years obsession with architecture and driving the streets with my mom looking for interesting pieces of architecture to snoop around. I must give credit for the early exposure helping develop a natural sense of design starting at an early age. After exploring the arts for a bit I shifted into remodeling which gave me a wide range of skill sets over the years and brought me back full circle into architecture and design. After many years in the construction industry I needed a creative outlet to apply my skill set. I had been fascinated by concrete in its use for both decorative and structural capabilities and had already been toying with it in some of my work for use in countertops and water features. 

In 2003 that all changed when I came across a book in the interior design section at the Borders book store..yes that right an actual book store! This book was a concrete countertop book written by designer Fu Tung Cheng. I was already falling in love with concrete at the time and was looking for a creative outlet. I was instantly drawn to this and was absolutely inspired by the book. At that point there was no turning back. I immediately began applying what guidance the book gave me. Using friends as willing  ginny pigs covering  just the cost of materials. Some of my first pieces were actually pretty decent. I was hooked. After 13 years of honing my skills, attending training courses, developing and playing with new concrete mixes, and simply just learning through trial and error and having the guts to take risks,  I have really launched myself into something great. Its taken a long long time with lots of personal struggles with this medium but I wouldn't have it any other way. Concrete is one of the most beautiful and versatile materials on the planet. In recent yeas I have began to run some of my own training workshops under the company Plan B studios. Passing my knowledge along and constantly pressing to refine and improve mix designs and casting techniques.