New planters for spring 2017
(Left) In 2015 I created a planter named April, but unfortunately the mould had some structural flaws and it just wasn't able to hold up to the concrete production. I was only able to make about six of them.
(Right) I redid it for 2017, and made some massive improvements. The eyes are much more defined and it is about 2 inches taller with a very generous planting space. Next week I will be making a mould. If you pre order before March 2017, you get a hefty discount.:)
(Left) Dreamer is one of my most popular planters. It has a hand on the side and it is very contemplative. Customers are always asking if I had a smaller one.
(Right) Finally I do!!! Little dreamer. Keep those Dreams alive!!! Massive discounts if you get it before March 15, 2017
Quick Video on How a planter is made
A Decade in Concrete Video on making a planterValerie McCaffrey
Hi all!!! The weather is getting colder and I am pretty much done with pouring concrete for 2016. I've been wanting to do a quick little video to show you all how I make the planters.---People are always asking me questions on how I make the planters. They usually want to know if they are moulded or carved. As you can see, the answer is BOTH!
I have been working with concrete for about a decade now and from the very beginning I felt an instant connection with the material. I am still excited about the possibilities of concrete! I love making the planters and I am so grateful that other people connect with them too and buy them and I am able to keep the whole thing going!!!
This winter I will be moving the operation into the top floor of my heated garage/studio. I am chopping at the bit to make a bunch more new designs. So be on the look out for that Coming soon...Early 2017!!!
Maine woman makes the abstract concrete
June 7th 2016
efflorescent trouble shooting white residual #Valerie McCaffrey
Trouble Shooting- White Residual on planters. Have you noticed a white residual on your planter? I have too. It is a harmless calcium-carbonate mineral salt called efflorescent. Although it is harmless it can be unsightly. Fortunately it can be washed off. To clean off efflorescence, wash the piece with water repeatedly.The process will be finite there is only a limited amount of soluble salt in the concrete. Going forward I will be using a denser mix and applying a waterproofer to each piece. Please call if you have any questions or issues.