Earth Plaster & Sculpting ~ 2 Day Skillshop 2017

February 4 & 5, 2017         Sat. Arrive 9:30a. Class 10 – 5p  Sun 10 – 4p

At Strawbale Studio, outside Oxford, Michigan USA

J mcd wrkshp. deanne plastering maybe 1-2013Using natural and local soil, we will do earth plaster and sculpting in an conventional home.  Make your existing home more natural, or apply these skills to a future natural building or earth oven you construct.  

Get hands-on experience and confidence in a variety of applications: Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions.Overnight accommodations available if needed.

 Early Bird Special $95 if prepaid Jan 22. $120 thereafter with RSVP if there is room.  Limited to 12 students.  Register now ! Call to see if there is room before sending money.  Bring a bag lunch. 

Some worktrade scholarships available.

Taught by Deanne Bednar, art teacher, illustrator of the Hand-Sculpted House and the Natural Plaster Book.  Don’t miss this class lead by a very experienced teacher~ at a great price, too


100_1602Learn the basics of locating, mixing & applying earth to retrofit/beautify your existing home.

Hands-on: Make Starch Paste, Adhesion coat, Earth Plaster ~ base and finish coats, Earth Sculpting Mix (Cob) and armatures for attachment to wall. Apply earth plaster to a wall, try your hand at some cob sculpture, and help apply a penetrating / hardening oil to create a waterproof finish.  The class  includes handouts  and a small sculpting sample that you make,  to take home. And you will see lots of inspiring examples of things you can do in your places.

We will tour the main house, the Strawbale Studio and see the Sculpted Rocket Stove Mass Heater for inspiration.

Earth Plaster sculpture on a light switch by student.













A photo of the interior featuring a beautiful earthen sculpture of a tree and a candlelit table.