ISSUE 38  |  Italy by Design

Walls, Windows & Floors: American Clay Earth Plaster

September 24, 2010 1:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Looking to create the look of textural plaster walls but saddled with wallboard-clad interiors? American Clay Earth Plaster can be used on most wall surfaces (with the exception of wood paneling and other materials prone to expansion and contraction) to create the look of plaster walls. According to the New Mexico-based company, its products are nontoxic—components include crushed shells, sand, reclaimed marble, natural clay—and can even be used in damp locations (bathrooms, for instance). The product comes dry, in a pre-pigment form; you decide how much pigment to add according to the shade desired. N.B. Learn more about the product at the DIY Network. If you have experience with this product, we'd love to hear about it.

Above L: Marittimo "is made from a variety of clays, crushed seashells, and natural mineral pigments; it's easy to apply, feels polished, and is wonderful to the touch." A 50-pound bag is $100.42 and will cover between 160 and 180 feet. Above R: Porcelina is an Old World-style plaster that creates a satiny finish; a 50-pound bag that covers between 260 and 400 square feet per coat is $116.63.

Above L: Enjarre is a new product from American Clay and is designed to "offer affordability for large commercial projects;" an 80-pound bag covers 150 to 180 square feet. Above R: Loma is made from reclaimed marble, sand, and multiple clays and creates a smooth matte finish; a 50-pound bag is $69.55 and covers between 180 and 220 square feet.

Above: The American Clay Color Sample Set includes five 8-by-10-inch samples of each of the company's finishes as well as color palettes for all the products.