CLAY PLASTER WORKSHOP AUGUST 2018
INTERIOR DESIGN VS DECORATIVE TECHNIQUES
WHICH DO YOU PREFER?
UNIT D: INTERIOR DESIGN 
Currently assessed for clay plaster techniques only and available for the EQF levels:
L1 L2 L3 L4

Traditional, handcoloured clay plasters have been joined by industrially-manufactured high quality clay plasters.Interior design with clay plasters, clay colours and brush renders have gained in popularity. Producing good design solutions requires a broad and detailed knowledge of colour and room design. This includes knowledge of the effects of colours and contrasts, the influence of light, of surface division and accents, as well as options for the treatment of surfaces. From draft stage to completion, plasterers can extend their field of activity in a creative direction, by making or varying mixtures themselves using colour or texture enhancing additives.

To achieve this Unit requires practical skills in the following areas, depending on her/his level. The level reflects more or less knowledge and autonomy :

  • Development of an interior design concept using different parameters (varying colour, texture, thickness, surface finishes);
  • Work out and produce coloured finish plasters of different intensities, texture and grain size;
  • Sample boards and sample wall panels;
  • Selection, gauging and sourcing of constituents;
  • Execution of decorative surfaces in a room according to the project;
  • Work stages, advice to the client, organisation and security;
  • Project quality;                                                                   
This unit covers the growth in skills of a craftsperson from simple application to expressing aesthetic qualities of decoration with clay plaster. The aim is to create new plaster mixes, beginning with products, raw earth or clay powders, and to combine different surface finishes.

At the lower level, the person is able to prepare samples or wall panels according to instructions and the decoration plan. At level 4, the professional is able to plan, organise and carry out the whole process from design to execution, as well as to coordinate the work done by a team of craftspeople, in consultation with the client.
UNIT O: DECORATIVE TECHNIQUES 
Currently assessed for clay plaster techniques only and available for the EQF levels
L1 L2 L3 L4

Decorative features, either relief, ornament or coloured detail, have long formed a special branch of design. A convincing use of decorative features, however, requires a high degree of creativity, design knowledge and craftsmanship. Craftspersons can offer advice and, in co-operation with the customer, work out draft designs which are acceptable from both a design and aesthetic viewpoint. They create templates or patterns. They select suitable plaster structures and mortars, as well as the necessary tools and design techniques, such as sgraffito and moulding.



To achieve this Unit requires practical skills in the following areas, depending on her/his level. The level reflects more or less knowledge and autonomy :


  • Stencilling, sgraffitto and relief sculpting;
  • Design a concept;
  • Choice and preparation of plaster mixes;
  • Background preparation;
  • Samples;
  • Execution of decorative elements following the design brief;
  • Selection and sourcing of constituents, organisation of work and security;
  • Use of tools and materials relevant to each technique;

This unit concerns the appeal of traditional or innovative decorative techniques. The aim is to design elements and to make and work with the necessary plaster mixes.

At the lower level, the person is able to carry out simple projects, following instructions. At level 4, the professional is able to plan, organise and carry out the whole process from design to execution, as well as to coordinate the work done by a team of craftspeople, in consultation with the client. 
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