When you think “concrete,” you probably think of sidewalks, industrial floors, etc. When Mona Patel thinks concrete, she thinks kitchen ware, wall art, and even jewelry. Prepare to see concrete transformed into elegant merchandise that beautifies and offers a refreshing aesthetic when you browse Mona Does Concrete.
When Mona met her husband Mike, a jack-of-all-trades, she was introduced to several skills from building to carpentry, but she took a special interest in his work with concrete. Mike used concrete to make polished kitchen counter-tops, but Mona saw an opportunity to take this diverse material and make items that were smaller, more affordable, and useful in the home.
People are often surprised with the kind of items that can be made of concrete, and often mistake Mona’s products as stoneware. This is because of Mona’s special process in forming and finishing her products, particularly her kitchenware, to make it both smooth and food-safe. Mona uses a beeswax seal on her concrete wares that not only makes the items kitchen-friendly, but also gives them a smooth finish–very different from bumpy sidewalk!
Mona loves the unique advantages of using concrete, one of them being the immense diversity of the material. According to Mona, if you can make a mold, you can make almost anything with concrete. The key, though, is making a mold that can be removed from the final product without shattering, thus allowing the mold to be reused. For her standard items, Mona likes using rubber molds, though she’s always willing to experiment for the sake of creating something unexpected.
For concrete kitchenware, you’ll want to hand wash in order to preserve the beeswax seal, but otherwise concrete products are very durable. Mona likes to tell her customers to expect the concrete to change colors over time, much like leather taking on a patina. Each product adopts an individual character over time and no two items are exactly the same. Check out Mona Does Concrete on Etsy or follow her Instagram!