Sunday, August 2, 2009
During my American Clay workshop on Saturday, one of my students got a little creative and crafted her version of the American Clay logo on her practice board. Very fun! This class was full of talent and good ideas. I'm glad we all had a chance to come together! Be sure to check out the short video detailing some of the class happenings in our next post.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
So, today's clay class was attended by folks from around the state, only 2 of which were from Richmond. This surprises me - People will drive for hours, sometimes even pay for a flight and hotel accommodations for this class, but very few are from our own city! I'd be curious to hear the experience of other clay trainers around the country - Where do your students come from?
During last month's 2-day professional training with Shaylor Alley, the students applied a base coat on the walls throughout our training area. Today, our students applied a beautiful top-coat of Mauna Loa Marittimo. While some students worked on this wall, others compressed an adjacent Wild Horse Smoke Porcelina wall. Once finished, we spent our last 2 hours trying out a variety of special effects and learning the basics of repairs. I was very impressed with the creativity of this crew!
We have another training coming up on Saturday, September 5th, with several spaces still available. To sign up, please contact me (Carrie) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 804.475.9645.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This photo was taken a few weeks back during a consultation with a family in Rustburg, Virginia who seek help restoring their farmhouse. The walls are made from a mixture of Virginia red clay, lime, and hog hair, among other things. Over the years, the walls have begun to fail in different places, and the family is hoping to save them. They turned to us for help, hoping that American Clay may be a good solution. Unfortunately, AC is a veneer plaster, not one that would help repair the walls. we offered to try to help find some plasterers skilled in historic renovations and techniques. If anyone has an idea of where we might find a good resource, please email me. It would be greatly appreciated!
A client recently requested to see some designs of decorative elements for their home. There are clay walls throughout the space, and the homeowners are looking to integrate some of the colors from their Mexican tiles and Southwestern-style furnishings. After perusing a variety of patterns and techniques, we've started by accenting this recessed niche with rich mineral-based pigment. These pigments are fade-resistant, and will remain brilliant for years to come.
Next up, a custom Mexican motif to accent an archway in their dining room. Stay tuned for more photos!
Monday, July 13, 2009
A dear friend of mine recently bought a house that has a nightmare bathroom. Many years with poor air circulation and too much humidity has resulted in quite a moldy space. Having heard so much about American Clay, she remembers me talking about the clay's natural mold-inhibiting qualities. She's remediating the mold problem now so I can get in there and trowel it with a beautiful coat of Sugarloaf White. When we're done, her mold won't return.
Several clients specifically seeked me out because I work with this health-supportive product. Asthma, breathing problems, mold and dust allergies...If you or someone you know is considering renovations, consider a healthier alternative to traditional products. My clients say their walls give them more than just a beautiful space to enjoy. They provide peace of mind.