Djenné’s mud houses as an inspiration for Tierrafino clay paint and clay plaster.
By clay artist Carl Giskes
‘In the seventies I traveled for seven years through Africa, Asia and America to get to know other cultures and to orient myself toward my future.
In Africa I ended up in the famous city of Djenné, which made an indelible impression on me. I saw how the people built their houses with clay. These houses are a pleasure to live and work in.
When I returned from my world trip, I decided to introduce clay building here in the Netherlands. In 1992 I founded ‘Leembouw Nederland’, a company that made organic, environmentally friendly stuccos, paints and other clay products with the brand name Tierrafino (Fine Earth).
The raw materials come from European clay and sand quarries. The colors have an earthy glow. In this way, an ancient product obtained a modern application.
With my company Tierrafino I want to contribute to a beautiful, healthy living environment in which people really feel at home. ‘
The Technical Friday Morning (TFM) is a once week morning especially for professionals within the building – and designers industry. In approx. 1.5 hours our Tierrafino Clay Expert team will give a presentation on clay construction in general and the technical applications of our clay products specifically. This is also an opportunity to discuss your personal project using the application of clay. The TFM is free of charge.Apply
The unique qualities of Clay paint
Clay has a number of particularly pleasant and unique qualities. Clay consists of 50% oxygen and 20% to 40% silicon. Especially this mineral gives clay its unique heat and moisture regulating quality. Important other advantages of clay are that it is anti-static and anti-fungal, which promotes a healthy and balanced indoor climate. Loam is warm in winter and cool in summer. In residential houses as well as in offices, theaters, concert halls, museums and utility buildings, clay walls and ceilings creat a pleasant atmosphere and a brilliant interplay of colours.
i-paint clay paint is suitable for interior walls and ceilings. This natural ecological and organic clay paint consists for the most part of clay powder, originating from the various quarries in Europe, and has a fine soft structure.
Tierrafino T-paint clay paint for the interior. The T stands for texture, or structure. Specially selected sand is mixed through the loam, creating a granular structure. Walls and ceilings treated with T-paint clay paint look lively and sparkling.
Tierrafino DryPaint is a 100% natural dry clay paint available in many colors. Suitable for walls and ceilings. DryPaint is delivered dry and only needs to be mixed with water on location. It is Tierrafino’s most innovative and durable clay paint!
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