Renegade Seating: Creating a Bench in Concrete

September 16, 2018 – September 22, 2018

Mark Melonas

Through detailed study and the application of a variety of moldmaking techniques, students in this workshop design, plan and construct a bench made of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC Concrete). Students will learn about specific design considerations when planning and building molds for concrete, and be introduced to the exciting world of high-performance concrete. Discussions include the history and recent use of concrete as a surface material and in furniture, important examples of artists and craftspeople using it today, and practical concerns for using it in your work and studio. Students should be familiar with using hand tools and power tools like the tablesaw, bandsaw and jigsaw.


Mark Melonas is a designer, craftsman and teacher with over 20 years experience designing and building furniture in concrete, wood and steel. His experiments with concrete started in 1999. Melonas studied Sculpture and Architecture at the University of Maryland and earned his MFA in Artisanry from the UMass Dartmouth Program in Artisanry. He has operated the Luke Works studio in Baltimore, Maryland where he pioneered processes to make concrete.

Mark Melonas

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
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Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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