From Concrete Leftovers to Perfect Imperfection: Our Journey with Gypsum Jars

From Concrete Leftovers to Perfect Imperfection: Our Journey with Gypsum Jars

At Lukata, every product has a story, and our gypsum jars are no exception. Our adventure into creating these beautiful pieces began quite unexpectedly. While building a house, we found ourselves with leftover concrete. In a moment of curiosity and creativity, we decided to use this surplus material to make our first candle jar. Although the jar looked great, its texture didn't quite meet our standards. We knew there had to be a better, eco-friendly material that could bring our vision to life.

After some research and extensive testing, we discovered gypsum. It seemed like the perfect alternative, but we quickly encountered a new challenge: the jars were very fragile. Determined to make it work, we spent two months experimenting and refining our techniques. Our perseverance paid off, and we finally produced a candle jar with satisfactory quality.

However, the journey was far from over. When we poured wax into the gypsum jars, we realized that gypsum is highly porous, absorbing liquids like water and wax. This meant we needed to find the right coating to prevent absorption and maintain the integrity of the jars. After three intense months, we perfected our gypsum recipe and developed the ideal finish to seal the jars.

But as with any creative process, new challenges emerged. We had to learn how to prevent bubbles while making molds and strive for perfection in each piece. This process is ongoing, and we're constantly learning and improving, embracing the concept of perfect imperfection.

We’re thrilled to share our story with you and offer a glimpse behind the scenes of our creative journey. As we approach our one-year anniversary in July, we reflect on the hard work, challenges, and triumphs that have brought us to this point. We hope you find our journey as fascinating as we do and that you continue to enjoy the unique, handcrafted products we create with so much love and dedication.

Thank you for being part of our story.

Lukata Family

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