Buddy Rhodes

The Artist
A former ceramist with a craftsman’s interest in architectural integrity, Buddy developed a way to meld the warmth and earthy handmade quality of pottery with the strength, versatility and architectural applicability of concrete.

Experimenting extensively in the early stages of product development, Buddy learned how to solve many of the problems of adapting concrete to new applications. Natural elements inherent in the material’s nature had to be addressed. The cracking, warping, coloring consistency, sealing and psi strength, which those new to concrete fabrication must address, were among the issues he worked hard to resolve.

With his training programs he created “Concrete Artisans” all over the US, Canada and France, of which two of them are women. One comes from New England US and the other one from Nicosia, Cyprus.

The Business
In 2004, Buddy brought out his Concrete Mix, product line and training program to help meet the demand for quality concrete countertops on a national level.

While contractors and homeowners can now access Buddy’s product development and practiced understanding of finished concrete via custom products and trained artisans in their regions, Buddy’s Studio still takes on custom projects out of the home office in San Francisco.

The Product
The material is made entirely out of cement, sand and binders. It is reinforced with galvanized steel wire and hand packed into custom forms built for each project. Three surface styles are produced: the original mottled “pressed” surface, hard trowelled and ground finishes.

Please visit A.Apostolides & Sons Ltd showroom in Nicosia to view some of our sample work and let our “Concrete Artisans” turn your ideas into concrete stone.