Intro to Tadelakt: Fine Finish Plaster

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Tadelakt is an ancient lime plaster technique that originated in Moroccan royal palaces and steam baths. The allure of a tadelakt finish is its high degree of polish, silky-soft feel, and subtle micro-cracking that gives the appearance of ancient porcelain. Tadelakt is a completely waterproof and fluid medium that can conform to most any shape. Contemporary tadelakt is an excellent choice for showers, sinks, bathtubs, functional art, and sculpture. In this introductory class, students will learn the basic substrates, materials, tools, and techniques required to create tadelakt finishes. Each student will individually complete a variety of small art pieces to take home; as a group, we will also create and complete a project together. Special emphasis will be placed on how to locally source raw materials for tadelakt.

Category

Sustainable Design Build

Competency

All levels

Credits

  • Sterling College: 1 Continuing Education Unit ($130 additional)

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