INSIGHTS INTO THE EUROPEAN PLASTER CLASS MARATHON
And what a marathon it was!! Master plasterers and teachers from all over converged on American Clay for two weeks of fun and learning. American and Canadian plasterers, and even our distributor from Thailand, Narong, showed up. The energy level was over the top and everyone had an extraordinary time. Those who came to the “Come Early Party” froze because of our deep freeze that week, but worked so hard that they soon had their jackets off and only their hands were cold. The hard work everyone put in was totally amazing!! I must say American Clay has the best network of plasterers and Gurus! It was very sad when everyone was gone after two weeks. Barbara Streisand has a wonderful line in a song that says “What’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget”. So hopefully everyone will remember all the good food, fun and awesome learning and not the cold!!!
The walls that were erected were of pressed earth blocks donated by our friend John Jordan of Paverde, LLC. Once these blocks were covered, you could not tell what was under the plaster. I saw some amazing workmanship during those two weeks. I am including pictures, but they do not really do justice to the work and care that was put into those walls. The learning was incredible!! You had to be here to experience the energy and passion I experienced for two weeks. I truly hope that those experienced applicators who read this will consider coming to the next class we put on. I guarantee you that it will be an experience of a lifetime.
To everyone that came to the class, it was an experience of a lifetime for me!! I saw people I have not seen in a long time, and met a few people that I had only talked to on the phone for years. I miss you all now that everyone is gone. I hope to see you all again soon! Some special thanks go to the following people:
To Patrick, my special thanks for making my job so very easy. You are a wonderful teacher and a great person. Not only are you kind and generous, but you are also funny. Thanks for a wonderful two weeks!
To Rob Wozniak, what a store house on preservation materials and techniques you have in your brain!! It was a great pleasure having you here and finally getting to meet you after all this time. Please come visit again!!
To our Fearless Leader and Master Chef Extraordinaire, Croft, you are fantastic!!! There is no way I could have done what I did without your help. You always make life easy for me.
To Errol Tower, it was so great finally meeting you after all these years. Thank you so much for the VERY tasty gift. It is much appreciated.
To Scott Nelson, my everlasting and humble thanks for my beautiful fresco in American Clay. It is every bit as beautiful as the original you did over 7 years ago!!
To Ryan Chivers, I heard you were a Tadelakt Guru, and now I believe it! It was an honor having you come and teach the class. You may come and visit American Clay anytime!!!
Last, but certainly not least, to my friend Heith, thank you for the dinners, breakfasts, and playing tourist with me!! Next time it will be your turn to entertain me!!
To each of you that I did not mention by name, please know I am grateful to each one of you for your participation in American Clay. It is because of you that we are what we are!! The memories of those two weeks will live in my heart forever! I would love to have the participants give me some feedback on their experiences of those classes. We will include those in a future newsletter. YOU ALL ROCK!!!
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone; and as always, happy plastering to all!