About My Hypertufa

Hypertufa is based on ancient techniques, with many different mixtures used over the years to create faux rock for decorative purposes.

Hypertufa's current popularity comes from Great Britain.

The folk story goes that when the automobile replaced the horse on British roads, the water troughs carved from local tufa rock were recycled into planters. Plants thrived in the troughs, and with no more natural ones to be found, an artificial replica was needed - hypertufa.

My hypertufa recipe is all natural, a blend of portland cement, vermiculite and peat moss. This mix creates a permanent, concrete planter that is much lighter in weight that standard concrete.

My containers start with a hand made mold, the mixture is hand placed, then cured in the Florida sun.  The process takes at least 30 days, and is, in the end, up to Mother Nature when it will be completed.

When used as a planter, the natural mixture encourages healthy plants by providing superior air circulation and drainage. The planters take on a beautiful patina as they age, and the crevices become favorite spots for moss growth.  If they are in the home of a non-gardener, they look great next to the fireplace, or anywhere a rustic focus is welcome.

My tiles start with a hand carved mold, then poured of epoxy resin, coated with metal flake or pebbles and copper wire, and overcoated for durability.  My subjects are often inspired by the creatures and plants of my garden.

My pieces are 100 percent hand made in my very messy garage.  mjp



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