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Finish Clay Plasters for Beginners

Tired of not having an alternative to paint for your interior walls? Non-toxic, environmentally friendly clay plasters can transform conventional painted sheetrock walls to beautify your home! These hand-crafted finishes help to moderate interior humidity and add thermal mass, too. Participants will learn the basics of designing and applying clay plaster to a wall. Expect plenty of hands-on experience during this four-hour class, from measuring pigments and plaster materials, calculating volumes, mixing plasters, and applying them to a vertical surface with a hawk and trowel. Clay isn't caustic, but can be messy. Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle and a snack.

This class will be held at the pavilion in Ashland’s North Mountain Nature Center.

Instructors: Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders is a licensed general contractor specializing in straw bale building, earth and lime plastering. Lydia Doleman of Flying Hammer Productions is a natural building educator and author of a book about light-straw-clay building.

Class fee: $30.00

Visit Ashland’s Park and Recreation Website to register for this class: