University of Illinois page has solid scientific principles about concrete.
Good overview from the Portland Cement Association.
Concrete information: teaching materials, history timeline, scientific principles. University of Illinois, Materials Science and Engineering.
Concrete Network is a overall site for house construction issues, pavers,countertops.
Art, Artists, Design, Architecture
Jeremy Entwistle, West Virginia artist and sculptor, combining metal, concrete, wood.
Grayson Malone, Kensington, California, artist working in metal infused concretes. Large gallery of images.
Charles Sthreshley,Virginia artist, makes concrete sculpture and furniture. Extensive how-to sections on using steel armatures.
Cement, steel and mosaic sculpture, bright colours, North San Juan, CA.
T. J. Neil, both Sr. and Jr., are Floridians who create huge outdoor concrete creatures using armatures and mesh.
Martin Webb, coloured concrete wallpieces, San Fransisco area.
Bo Atkinson, works in concrete, pools, fountains, concepts.
Contemporary geometric concrete from Sweden.
Graciela petroni is an architect from Buenos Aires, Argentina, working in concrete and iron furniture.
"An association of independent artists, craftsmen and others who specialize in producing sensory concrete art and architecture." International.
Gore Design in Arizona. Check the portfolio section for furniture and countertops.
Concrete sculpture and paintings for the home and garden. Bainbridge Island, Washington.
John Wilkinson, figurative sculptor in concrete and gypsum, Stonington, Maine.
Jeff Yielding, abstract cement and wood sculpture.
Custom homes, concrete countertops and NeoMix concrete pre-mix and supplies. Author of the book Concrete Countertops.
British Cement Association Awards for students to celebrate design and innovation using concrete.
Preston Manser, industrial designer, makes architectural elements and objects for landsacaping in concrete, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Bara Fallows and Richard MacKenzie make concrete garden art, Galiano Island, BC.
Andree LeBlanc is Florida-based craftsperson making mosaic work.
Rachel Reynolds in London, England, shows contemporary garden furniture in concrete.
Francesco Passaniti, Paris, designs furniture, objects and sculptures, many in concrete.
Two artists from Berlin have this web site called concrete+clay. In German.
Roy Kanwit. Spencertown, New York, sculptor shows the process of making a 20-foot high head in concrete and steel mesh.
Andrew Werby shares sculpture techniques including concrete.
Buddy Rhodes Studio, San Francisco. Minimal concrete furniture, floor tiles, etc.
Garden Art Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, has clay, marble and some concrete.
Sue Dorman at Loyola Marymount University has worked a lot with concrete in jewelry.
Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, is built with concrete. They offer workshops where you can help build the community.
Stonewear makes GFRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) fountains and columns.
Jacqueline Scholten and Hannelore Holz in Switzerland make life-size concrete figures painted with acrylics.
Thierry Bogaert, architect designer in Paris, France, creates Voile de Beton (the scent of concrete) in these concrete perfume bottles.
Sandback Fabrication in New Hampshire makes simple geometric tables with coloured concrete.
T. J. Neil and his son make large sculpture: dragons, elephants, Elvises, using rebar, lath and concrete. In Florida.
Traditional Sculpture Hazards, a text site by Michael McCann, Ph.D., C.I.H., and Angela Babin, M.S., contains a small section on Portland cement. Lots of information on other sculpture materials.
Suppliers and Manufacturers
The Compleat Sculptor supplies alkali-resistant fibre (chopped and mat), latex additives, pigments and a variety of aggregates. They also carry Winterstone® and rubber moulding compounds. New York, NY.
In Canada and the USA, supplies all types of additives, fibres, silica fume, materials for concrete.
Artcast in Georgetown, ON, has casting supplies.
Alec Tiranti, sculpture supply, United Kingdom.
Ball Consulting Ambridge, PA, USA, supplies alkali-resistant glass fibres and acrylic as cement additives. The site also shows Hiram P. Ball’s sculpture.
Fibermesh makes polypropylene fibre additives for concrete.
Nycon makes nylon fibres for concrete.
Cem-FIL International “promotes and sells alkali resistant glassfibres as a primary reinforcement for cement based matrices.” A information-filled site.
Kuraray America mkaes PVA (poly vinyl alcohol) fibers.
B-Lite makes polystyrene beads coated to attract cement paste.
Master Builders, Inc. is involved in research and development and has an extensive site with information on mixtures, additives, finishes, and concrete canoes.
Supplier of pigments, acid stains, fibres, sealers, in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico and Brazil.
Form and Build is an Ontario, Canada, distributor of supplies to the construction industry. (Sells siloxane sealer, sealers, fibres.)
Manufacturers of a large selection of admixtures, retardants, accelerators, form releases, and sealers for concrete.
Conroc Systems Ltd. is a Canadian supplier and contractor…using glass fiber reinforced concrete in Calgary, Alberta. Suppliers for decorative concrete, including acid stains, polmers and sealers.
Colors for Concrete (Arizona Oxides) has a overview of pigment use.
SGS Concrete Product Colors has a colour chart to show the limited palette of pigments available.
Fillite®: hollow alumino-silicate cenospheres or microspheres derived from fly ash, used for weight reduction.
Engelhard manufactures Metamax, their brand of metakaolin.
An exceptional overview of pozzolans, in particluar metakaolin (Metamax) and how cement works.
Advanced Cement Technologies, excellent reference articles on metakaolin.
The Concrete Countertop Institute sells individual bags (40 lbs) of metakaolin in the U.S.A.
Winterstone is a cement-based product made for sculptors. The site has excellent sections on casting and armature-type processes.
“Milestone Hybridized Portland Cement is a specially formulated acrylic admixture for use in Portland Cement.” You can order and purchase the product.
A complete system, combining acrylic polymer additive, portland cement, sand, and glass scrim. Scrim is fibreglas mesh, alkali resistant, which can be used instead of hardware cloth.
Seal-It, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, company, makes a line of concrete sealers.
Manufacturers of 511 Porous Plus, a penetrating sealer for concrete and stone that does not change the surface quality. Can be ordered online.
C-cure’s Penetrating Sealer 978, water based, silicone type water repellent.
Bio Vee, another concrete sealer that reacts with lime, is available here.
Grace Construction is a supplier of catalysts, silica products, specialty construction chemicals, building materials and container sealants.
Fox Industries has developed several admixtures and has an online catalog (Maryland, USA).
General Resource Technology makes Melchem, a water-soluble, melamine-based, water-reducing admixture (a superplasticizer).
For mould release agents.
Supplier of mold-making equipment, rubber, resin and supplies, in Easton, PA. Online store.
Milestone, a hybridized Portland cement, is a specially formulated acrylic admixture for art and sculptural use.
Douglas and Sturgess Art Supplies, San Francisco, CA. Mold release agents, metal powders, glass spheres for lightweight concrete.
CPD, Construction Product Distribution Services in Concord, Ontario, supplies concrete-related products.
Other Concrete Issues
Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba has been doing interesting research into flexible fabric formworks.
Waste and By-Products as Concrete Aggregates: 1981 paper from National Research Council, Canada.
Ecosmart Concrete Project, a web site about more environmentally friendly concrete.
Good summary of concrete research at Columbia University using scrap glass.
Useful links to concrete sites including sculpture.
Don Potter’s research into vermiculite-cement mixes to make casting blocks that can be easily carved.
About LiTraCon, light transmitting concrete developed by Aron Losonczi a Hungarian inventor. Using 5% fibre optic glass imbedded in fine concrete, the material can transmit light and shadow.
Ferrocement mailing list.
About Ductal®, an “ultra-high performance material that possesses a unique combination of superior properties including strength, ductility, durability and enhanced aesthetics” developed by LaFarge.
Canadian Building Digest, article on admixtures in concrete.
Canadian Building Digest, why polymer modified concretes are recommended.
has forums about stamped concrete and acid staining.
Manufacturer’s site specializing in decorative concrete products.
Cole Sonafrank’s stained mosaic mortar. Discusses components of a mix, also links to standard mix page and a list of suppliers.
Good overview of process and materials for stained glass stones.
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