AquaConcreteStudio

Conifer, Colorado

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  • aproposdesign1 on Dec 7, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I am an Interior Designer and have been working with Matthew on creating unique products for my clients. Matthew is amazing. Love working with this guy and will use him on my future projects! Creative, timely and great work ethic.

  • Alexandra on Nov 9, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous table! Great communication and fantastic execution!

  • Jennifer on Jul 26, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ordered a concrete slot sink and could not be more pleased. It looks amazing

  • Jonathan on Jul 26, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing custom pieces! Highly recommend.

  • jennifer on May 20, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing working with Matt!!! Can’t wait to install and show it off!
    Thanks Again Matt
    Jen D

  • Melissa on Apr 10, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered two kintsugi concrete ramp sinks. They're absolutely beautiful, unique pieces of art. They're so pretty i almost...almost don't want to use them as sinks!
    They're the focal point of my new bathroom. Matt consulted with me on the initial design and kept me up to date on throughout the whole process. They couldn't be more perfect! (Even the shipping crates are masterful!)

  • Kevin on Mar 9, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Made a vanity shelf out of concrete for me and is EXACTLY what I was looking for and more. Very well made and quick! Will definitely be ordering more in the future! Thanks so much!

  • Cindy on Nov 27, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Matthew was awesome to work with!!!! He kept me up to date through the whole process and my sink is beautiful!!!!! I would send pictures but I have not installed it yet.....I can't wait!!! Great work and thanks again Matthew!!!

  • Jim on Nov 18, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful sink and got to meet the owner. Matthew did a great job and the sink looks amazing. I'll try to upload a photo once it's installed as well. Now we're trying to find more places to put his work because we love the first sink so much.

  • minta on Jun 11, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I am SO pleased with this sink! Not only did it work out perfectly for the vanity I had selected, but Matthew was so helpful and kind with the ordering process, keeping me updated of the progress (as each order is custom made), timing and shipping updates.

    I am so appreciative of his kind manner, updates and attention to detail. I would order another sink from him in a heartbeat! Very good value for the money and customer service is top-notch!

About AquaConcreteStudio

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From Apprentice to Master

My name is Matthew and I am the owner of Aqua Concrete Studio. Over the years it has become clear to me that I’ve been guided by a force which pulls me toward my natural inclinations. In childhood it was my love of art. Art sparked a curiosity in me that was deep and primal. In the intervening years, my practice in art faded in and out as I listened to parents and peers as they pushed me to submit to more practical ventures.

The first stop in my practical education was the US Navy. I was an aircraft mechanic. The first time I opened a panel on the side of an aircraft I was intimidated by the complexity of the machinery inside. I told my supervisor, “I don’t know how to change a turbine compressor!” He said “I bet the book knows how. Open it up.”

After a few years, I could troubleshoot the entire system, remove and replace any component, and pick out a nine-sixteenths wrench from a tool box full of wrenches twenty feet away. I reached a level of mechanical adeptness that caught my superior’s attention. They recommend me for instructor duty, which I did for four years.

After my time in the Navy, I pursued an education in Civil Engineering. My father was an engineer, and I thought there was nothing he didn’t know. I wanted to be like him, but there were a few roadblocks; the biggest of which was my ability with mathematics. When I was young I was not a particularly good student. I couldn't sit still. I’d daydream in class. But my years in the military provided me with self-discipline. I devoured mathematics courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. That prepared me for applied mathematics courses like thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and advanced reinforced concrete design.

I wanted to design buildings, but it was 2009 and the only job I could find straight out of college was working in a concrete research and development laboratory. At first, I was a little apprehensive because it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but the work changed my perspective. I loved shoveling the rock and sand. I loved mixing the various types of concrete. I ran so many trial mixtures (perhaps ten thousand), that I could hold my own while discussing technical topics with the PhD’s from my company’s main research lab in France. It didn’t matter what the materials were or where they were from. I gained a sort of fingertip feel for concrete mixtures. I could intuitively sense exactly how the concrete would perform before I even mixed the materials together. I don’t feel like this was some sort of higher ability I had. If anything, I feel like I just knew the variables so well that a lower, more primitive portion of my brain kicked in and allowed me to see it.

As companies do, my company traded owners and I found the new work environment unbearable. Soon after, my dream came true. I secured a job designing precast concrete buildings. I was buried in code books as I transformed the mathematical hieroglyphs into real world structural designs capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and earthquakes. It was interesting and challenging work, but the restrictions of corporate life began to beat on me after a few years.

The following quote was taped to the bottom of my computer monitor:

“Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.”
― Jack London, The Call of the Wild

It was necessary that I reconnect with art. I need to concentrate all my energies toward it. I quit my job, left Denver, and found a small workshop in the mountain town of Aspen Park, CO. I learned the technicalities of the material itself. I’ve learned what can be done structurally with the material. Now I’m making functional art with the material.

Thank you for reading. Please message me if you would like to place an order.

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