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Clay Plaster Base Coat Workshop - October 29-30

  • 29 Oct 2022
  • 10:00 AM (EDT)
  • 30 Oct 2022
  • 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • 16 Depew St, Providence Rhode Island
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  • Reduced fee registration available to students and those in financial need.

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CASBA's rhode island WorkshopS 2022

Plaster Workshop Series

Base Coat Plastering October 29-30 from 10am-4pm with instructor Allison Arnold

Brown Coat Plastering November 5-6 from 10am-4pm with instructor Allison Arnold

Join us to learn how to apply clay plaster. We will be plastering a pre-fabricated panelized straw bale house in Providence's South Side neighborhood. Each two day workshop will focus on a different stage in the plastering process. 

In the first weekend we will apply the base coat onto the surface of the straw bales. During the second weekend we will apply the brown coat over the first coat of plaster. A mix of instruction time and hands-on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge of clay plasters and how to apply them over straw bales and other surfaces. Each weekend will include basic instruction regarding different plaster substrates, the benefits of clay plasters, clay plaster recipes, materials selection, application instruction, and troweling techniques. The brown coat weekend will include additional instruction in finish coat techniques and decoration. You may sign up to attend either of the weekends. There is no requirement to attend both. The goal of the workshop is to accommodate every participant’s interest and skill level. Each participant can expect to participate in the various aspects of the plastering process to ensure the broadest possible hands-on experience. Lunch time will allow for presentations and additional question-answer time.

Our host for the workshop is Jenna Yu, the designer/homeowner of this straw bale house. Plaster instructor, Allison Arnold, is a plasterer and builder as well as the current CASBA workshop coordinator.  

Cost:  $100 each weekend . *Limited scholarships available upon request. 

Accommodations:  Pack a lunch for yourself each day. (Additional snacks and beverages will be provided.) The workshops will begin at 10 am and end each day at 4pm. There are bathrooms located on site. Site location, driving instruction and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

For additional workshop info contact Allison Arnold at or 301-357-0582. Or Jenna Yu at 510-541-7753

CASBA is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

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