Concrete Handbook for Artists:
Technical Notes for Small-scale Objects
by Andrew Goss
If you are an artist or a creative person and want to try concrete as a medium for small sculptures, objects and jewelry, this is the book for you. Written by artist, jeweller and sculptor Andrew Goss, it starts with the basics—what concrete is, why it acts like it does, what its creative possibilities (and limitations) really are.
It's a simple book—but it explains the how and the why of small-scale concrete art so that you are equipped to deal with the medium in your own creative way.
For example, did you know that concrete "sets" as it hardens; it doesn't "dry"? This explains why you should keep concrete damp for at least a week after mixing and casting or forming. The cement in the mix chemically combines with the water to bind the aggregates together. But if you use too much water not all of it "hydrates" and the pockets of water that are left weaken the final structure.
This is the way the book is written and meant to be used. It demystifies concrete so that you can understand what happens and why, and apply that knowledge to your own work.
135 pages, 7.5" X 9", black and white photos and line drawings. Paperback binding (lay-flat), recycled paper. ISBN 0-9730223-0-2.
Check out the other pages in this web site about the book: the Contents, Reviews from readers and How to Buy the book. Or you can find More Details about the book, including where to read excerpts.
Goss Design Studio 26 Clarke Street East Guelph ON N1H1S7 Canada