Natural Building and Earthen Plasters Sunday June 5, 10am to 4pm We love to build with earth at Ampersand! We have strawbale cottages covered with local earth plasters. We have a hybrid home made with rammed earth, strawbale, as well as post and beam with a framed attached greenhouse. Earthen building techniques are essential to every structure we have crafted at our site. We will tour these buildings and review how they were built from the ground up. See how we have used adobe bricks, cob, earthbags, earthen relief sculptures and finish plasters.
Learn the properties of interior and exterior earthen plasters. Understand when to use local soils and when you need just the right combinations of clay and sand and other additives like wheat paste. We will draw recipes from Carole Crews’ book Clay Cultureand adapt them to use locally harvested materials. Get hands-on with finish plasters and/or clay paints that we make together.
Local community artist Ken Wolverton is leading a workshop at Ampersand to help us build a wild and sculptural yet functional shade structure for one of our little strawbale cottages. It will be made of whole trees and branches. Want to learn and help? May 29th, 30th, and maybe 31st. Contact us at email@example.com if you are interested!
High Desert Gardening Saturday, May 28th 10am to 3pm
Join us for ourHigh Desert Gardening Class! See our garden beds made with water harvesting earthworks, get hands-on with transplanting seedlings, and learn about creating proper soil structure as well as planning your garden calendar. We will also cover water conserving irrigation systems. Want to grow food better? We can help.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505 780-0535.