Jesmonite was invented in the 1980s. It is an eco friendly, sustainably produced composite material. It is made of a gypsum based material mixed in an acrylic resin.
It is made in a two part system - mixing a wet product with a powder, and cures very quickly (touch dry in 20minutes, completely cured in 24 hours). The fun part for me is that you can add a range of colours to the products to create unique but durable pieces for the home and the waterproofing sealant I use means that that they can be placed in the garden too!
Jesmonite is used not only in the production of homeware but also for large sculptures including the A Spire which sits outside the Laidlaw Library at Leeds University.