Sunday, August 29, 2010


Every creative process has its trials and errors. This weekend's Hypertufa Studio definitely experienced both the ecstasy of winning and the agony of defeat. Many things went right but it seemed we had an inordinate amount of things that didn't go quite as expected. It is so disheartening when a prized planter collapses, a gorgeous leaf platter crumbles or the nose falls right off of a sculpted head! Those who viewed learning to make and work with Hypertufa as an adventure were the happier lot. In this game, everything that falls apart can be put back together with a bit of resolve and determination. So, after all is said and done, everything is back where it should be and these troopers will end up, each with their four projects intact.

Amy carved a beautiful letter "S" as the feature of her stepping stone. After sculpting the letter form, she added stones and marbles for decoration.

Fab begins to add the hypertufa on top of the concrete layer on her leaf platter. The concrete layer goes down first over the leaves on the form because it picks up the delicate texture and design of the leaves. It waterproofs the platter as well, making a perfect bird puddler.

Sisters loves to learn how to make hypertufa together and Joan and Carol are no exception. They had a great time laughing and learning together.

Max demonstrates how an unattractive plastic planter can be used as a mold to create an outstanding hypertufa planting container. He opted to use this solution for his planter rather than the traditional box form.

Shiloh puts the finishing touches on the edge of her box planter. A neat, finished edge is one sign of a well-made hypertufa piece.

Hypertufa 8's Stepping Stones on display!

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