Thursday, May 7, 2009

American Clay Applicator Covers Walls of Airstream Trailer with Clay Plaster, Debuts at AltBuild Expo 2009


Albuquerque, NM (May 2009) – Airstream trailers reflect a time in the history of the United States that breathes “Americana”.  ‘Lucy and Desi’ had an Airstream.  At the Alternative Building Expo this weekend in Santa Monica, CA, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, artisan applicator and green builder Jim Gooley will display his green-renovated Airstream trailer in conjunction with the Livingreen booth.  And he used (what else?) all-natural and healthy, award-winning American Clay Earth Plasters as a key element of his renovation.  Gooley partnered with Livingreen to finish the interiors of the project.

As a potential first for a vehicle, the majority of the interior is covered in clay plaster. Gooley created a “Tucson Gold fresco”, he says, primarily with American Clay's Porcelina finish, which is often used to create a Venetian Plaster look.  He sealed the clay plaster walls with a unique, and all-natural, black soap and egg-white combination. 

Working on the project since June 2008, Gooley gutted the Airstream in order to give it a ‘green’ makeover.  He began with the application of the American Clay plasters.  Additional green elements are:

  • Counters and cabinets are bamboo
  • Cork flooring throughout
  • Molding is aluminum (which is recyclable)
  • LED lights
  • Gooley repurposed materials left over from other jobs, including concrete overlays for bathroom surface; red paint on bedroom back wall;  and baskets he had at his shop, which will become his closet (he did build a new frame to hold them)
  • Furnishing will feature eco-friendly fabrics and an organic bed
  • Future additions include installing solar panels to be completely off the grid

Please visit AltBuild Expo to view the Airstream in person (  Hours on Friday, May 8 and Sat., May 9, are both 10:00am - 5:00pm.  

Media Contact (questions, interviews, images):  Julie Du Brow,, 310-821-2463.


American Clay produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products. Their Earth Plasters and the commercial “Enjarre” single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural and elegant option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site. The plasters contain zero VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resisting (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging. American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in and made of materials found in the U.S. American Clay Enterprises, Inc., is based in Albuquerque, NM, and its products are patent pending. The product and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through one of the growing number of retailers and distributors across the U.S. The website,, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.   U.S. PAT No. 7,485,186 B2



  1. Any problems with the plaster cracking after time on the road?

  2. Really good question, Forge Ahead! I haven't asked Jim of late, but you could email him at and ask him!