Most of Michael’s sculptures are made from a cast stone composite called Catstone. It was developed over 20 years ago for use in the exterior architectural restoration industry. The raw material itself consists of a minimum of five separate ingredients that are mixed together to create the final casting material. The result is a durable, weather resistant casting. The choice to work with this material is because it’s nontoxic to handle and can be manipulated to simulate stone, metal or wood finishes. Because it is a difficult material to handle without training and requires a very good quality silicone mold, Catstone has been slow to find recognition in the sculptural field.
Today, architects and designers use this casting system to fabricate ornamental building façades, columns, fireplace mantels, ornamental plaster work and so on. Michael learned how to use this material over a period of 10 years while working on façade restoration projects.