Beyond the Loop Creations

American Made Since 2007

Joan Hitchcock

Rochester, Washington
I’m inspired by nature and color, combining the shapes and more saturated colors of elements we see every day into slightly fanciful versions.

Tell us about your business.

My business evolved from designing a Christmas tree for a local charitable event into working full-time as an artist. Rebecca Staebler, the owner of HUBBUB in Centralia, WA, saw the sculptures I'd created for my tree and asked to carry them in her wonderfully eclectic art shop/gallery. My sculptural media changed from a paper and clay processes to concrete because of a request for the sculptures to go outside. Each one of a kind concrete sculpture begins with forming an armature with wire and wire mesh which is then hand-laid with concrete. A colored grout layer is then applied for texture and dimension. Finally, a concrete sealer is applied for shine and protection. Depending on the form, a concrete base is constructed, which may include metal elements, to enhance the sculpture. There are never any molds of forms utilized in the creation of the main portion of the sculpture.

What makes your business stand out?

There aren't that many artist working in concrete who don't create some kind of mold to form their sculpture. The focus piece of my sculptures are always hand formed and one of a kind. Concrete Koi are excellent for those who wish they could have a pond with fish but don't have the space, time, or too many predators to keep the real thing. My sculpture may be displayed outside as well as inside.

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