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Earthen plaster walls, in an Airstream? Why yes!!!!

Bags of American Clay

Plaster on the wall of a moving airstream…. are you nuts?  Well, maybe but we know it’s possible.  American Clay Earth Plasters are a natural, environmentally friendly way to finish an interior. Non-toxic and made in the USA, these plasters are an alternative to cement, acrylic and lime plasters, offering superior color, richness, texture and depth not found with other finishes.  The materials absorb toxins and resist mold.  The colors are amazing, earthy and rich.  More on it’s properties below and at  It just so happens that Jim Gooley has done this before.  He is a professional AC installer, owns an Airstream and has put about 2,000 miles on his since the AC install.

Jim’s Airstream

He already had the great idea of trying to work with the product as a wall and ceiling application for his Airstream.  And it worked… and he has learned many, many things.  And now he wants to work with us.  I feel something is in the air – stars aligning and a wonderful collaboration being forged.  We are partnering with American Clay co-founder Carol Baumgartel, Jim Gooley of Greenspace Building and the owner of Terrasanti, Rick Kantor.  We couldn’t be more excited.  We think it’s a match made in heaven.

More information on American Clay:

Earth-plasters are free of harmful chemicals and toxins, making them ideal for those with chemical sensitivities. They even have the ability to absorb toxins from other materials and bind odor, such as cigarette smoke, to decrease levels of indoor pollution.


Earth-plasters are porous, which means that they allow a building structure to breathe. They have a thirst for moisture which means that they can function to regulate levels of relative humidity in the atmosphere, improving air quality and resisting mold growth.

Negative Ions (a positive thing)

Found freely in nature, negative ions help humans absorb oxygen and feel more energized. Fresh country air is filled with negative ions; computers, televisions, and synthetic plastics, on the other hand, emit a positive charge. When in contact with water, clay releases negatively charged particles into the air. So, when walls with American Clay breathe, they help make the atmosphere of the room healthier, even reducing the effects of electronics in office.

In addition, negative ions have been linked with an assortment of benefits to mood, clarity of mind, and creativity. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.

Clay just feels good

Earth-based finishes can also be positive for psychological well-being. They are inherently sensuous, meaning that being around them can literally enliven our senses and in an indirect way, bring us back into contact with the natural world. These finishes are inherently dynamic and ever changing, they are sensitive to the environment and can respond to seasonal and daily changes in temperature and levels of humidity and the atmosphere. In this way, being inside a building with these materials can literally serve as an extension of ourself, breathing and respiring as we do.


  1. Hi! Just found your blog yesterday, excited to read it as we are in the same process as you are, only a few steps behind! 😀 (And not looking for an airstream, but a class C to convert to WVO) Look forward to hearing more about your renovations. I added you to our blog roll (just started creating our site today!) along with the others we’ve been reading.

    • Thanks so much for following…. green building, sustainable living and changing our planet takes all of us. Great to hear that you are on a similar path!!! Right on!

  2. Fabulous post! I was actually looking for facts about dog training but stumbled on this post and found it really interesting and beneficial. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing here.

  3. Great site and post!

  4. Thanks for that awesome posting. Can’t wait to follow you on your tour across the country!

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