Serendipity! Shortly after my field trip to make concrete sculptures with my middle school art students, I got a call from an artist friend asking me to come over to make hypertufa. I'd heard about these concrete garden planters, but knew nothing about how to make them, so of course I said yes to that idea! Cathy Jeffers is known mostly for her fiber arts, especially her art quilts, but she has no fears or reservations when it comes to trying something new.
Cathy had already figured out a good mix...concrete, perlite (or vermiculite), and peat moss, with enough water to make a clay-like modeling consistency. I had some ceramic tiles and faux sea glass to add a little subtle bling, which is something I personally cannot resist! Although my intended garden stepping stone was a complete failure because it got stuck in the cookie tin mold and broke into pieces, I'm quite pleased with my other two hypertufa, especially the square one.