Studio Tour: Vered Kaminski + Concrete Recipe

Studio visit! These are the best, because you get to chat with makers, and see their space, and it’s almost like an all access pass into their creativity. Vered Kaminsky’s one of my teachers this semester in Bezalel and she’s the sweetest. And super open to sharing too! We got talking when my initial project for her class was nature and clay based. The project morphed and became all silver work, but we still got to talk about how she makes her stuff.

Vered makes beautiful works that are very detailed. Her metalwork is #goals because they’re so precise and perfected. And really genius too, the steel wire stools that are literally just woven together with no welding are amazing. They bounce and can take weights up to 100kg. Fun stuff.

She shared a couple of techniques with me, and she said it’s cool if I shared it. So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Today, it’ll just be about her recipe for concrete. Basically, she eyeballs it.

I found this very helpful, but it could be quite overwhelming to begin with, simply because of how much information there is. So read at your discretion!

This is the recipe she uses:
1 tbs cement
1 tbs sand
Some water

Eyeball the amount of water you put in. Less is always better than more because you can always add more. If you’re pouring it into a mould, as is the usual method of working with the material, you’re going to want to think about how runny you need it to be to fill the finer details of the mould.

Vered’s bench for concrete work. From left to right, concrete pigments, drying rack, water in squeeze bottle, 2 kinds of quartz (fine and unsifted beach sand), and 2 kinds of cement (white and grey).

Now it’ll be good to know that cement is an ingredient in concrete. And sand is used as a filler because concrete is more expensive, so it allows you to fill up more space for less money.

One of the things I really, really, wanted to see were the moulds Vered used for her concrete pieces that look like tiles. I watched videos about how encaustic tiles were made a while back and have wanted to see how it’s made ever since. This is just one part of the tile making process, but it’s the part that creates a design. It’s not the same thing, and with different materials (I think) but it’s similar enough. And now that I’ve seen how her moulds were made, I can consider attempting the technique in the future!

There will be more posts up in the future with the other techniques that Vered showed me that day so no, I’m not going to hide what I learnt from you!

Vered has given the thumbs up to share the information she shared with me during our studio visit + chat. For all posts inspired and influenced by Vered, enter "Vered Kaminski" in the search bar on the right.