artisan in Concrete: Clastic Designs: Jimmy Hazel
Jimmy Hazel began his career working in the family stone business, but quickly tired of the monotony once he discovered decorative concrete’s variety. “My father’s been in the stone industry for 20+ years and after working there for a little while I just really wasn’t into working with tile or granite,” Hazel says.
“You are already given the slabs and then all you really had to do was cut them and polish the edges, where concrete offers so much versatility and being able to design a product. You’re really making something from nothing, which is interesting to me."
Hazel joined the family business in 2008. Back then, he raced motorcycles professionally, but decided it was time to get a “real job.” He worked under his father for a few months and then branched off to get his own contractor’s license.
“I just had to find something else,” he says. “I got started because I looked in a magazine — it was probably Concrete Decor — and I saw it and said, ‘Hey, why don’t we try this?’ and it kind of snowballed from there.”
The trial-and-error method
He chose the name Clastic Designs thinking that there was already a glut of businesses with concrete in the name. “Clastic is a type of rock that’s actually derived from bits and pieces of older rock and in a way that’s kind of what we do,” he says. “We have aggregate and all these other refined materials that are used to create this new rock.”