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Concrete Hearth and Mantle. | Fireplaces by VC Studio Inc.
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Concrete Hearth and Mantle. - Fireplaces

$10,000

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This custom floating concrete hearth is huge at 12’ across with 41” returns at each side.
The mantle is just shy of 7’. A cast in trough along the rear top edge houses an led strip that will illuminate the steel panels above.
The finish is a custom Grey with exposed sedimentary sands.
Because of the framing and the fireplace unit support was limited to only each end and a ledger. This created a 10’ unsupported span which is easily handled by the high tech fiber reinforced concrete and a little additional reinforcement along the front edge.
Weight is minimized by casting most pieces at only 1” thick in the field. For instance, the mantle is hollow and hangs on a custom fabricated steel cleat.

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Wescover creator since 2020
CONCRETE is amazing! VC Studio Inc. is a full service fabrication studio providing services from design to custom mold making and production.

Hi, my name is Vince. I started VC Studio in 1990 as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator while still in art school.

It was a long road to concrete for me. I went to school for graphic design with a strong emphasis on fine art. The economy was hurting and Seattle had a glut of graphic designers in the early 90’s so jobs were hard to find and paid little. I freelanced and made a run at fine art around ‘95. After a couple of years I had made some great contacts that were very encouraging, but they said it would take another 3-5 years of submitting to publishing houses and galleries to break in.

Not wanting to be a starving artist I got into faux finishing and European plasters. The work was enjoyable, creative, and I could use what I had learned in art school. Then one day someone asked if I could stain a concrete floor. I quickly learned about different stains, techniques, and resurfacing micro topping products. But I still missed fine art. Sculpture intrigued me, but I had no access to a foundry. The idea to use concrete for sculptures led me to take my first concrete countertop class around 03/04. Instead of sculpture I ended up creating a number of countertops for one of the builders I had a long relationship with for wall finishes.

Old school concrete was hard work! And it was not as fun as walls, ceilings, and floors. Then I discovered glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). That was a game changer! Almost anything was now possible with concrete. From 3D shapes and fabric forming to mimicking natural textures, concrete had captured my attention. Over the following years casting concrete gradually took over.

I still get to use everything that I have learned along the way and I have been able to learn so much more. There is always more to learn, and that is exciting!

I hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to reach out with questions.

Vincent Cathcart
VC Studio Inc.