Yurt Living: Interior Clay Wall Decor

There are a number of reasons to have single or several walls in a yurt, ‒ whether it be residential, commercial, or otherwise. And if you’ve been following the Yurt Living series, you know those walls are more like partitions, not flush with the ceiling. Sounds restricting, but actually not so.

MarittimoIn fact, creativity is abound and this story is about plaster made by American Clay in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What is unique about their plaster is that it is a natural and earth-friendly way to finish any interior. The company is proud to offer non-toxic alternatives to cement, acrylic and lime plasters.

The natural colors are rich with texture and depth not found from other finishes. Earth tones range with titles like Kentucky Blue and Savannah Moss. Then each product makes every color unique.

The four product categories are Loma, Porcelina, Marittimo, and Enjarre. Again, each offers unique characteristics. Loma lends a charming, rustic feel with matte colors and organic surfaces. Porcelina is a smooth surface with complex colors that mimic highly polished opulent marble. Marittimo consists of soft colors with a speckled sheen shimmer, like the ocean. Enjarre is a more rugged earthen look in a single-coat plaster. These four product types cover every desire because they can be customized by the applicator.

Hawaii’s source for American Clay products is Algood Living, located in Hawi, on Big Island. Eila Algood shares these pictures from her residential showroom and exhibiting events. Check out the clay art with bamboo and turtles.

Yurts are livable and workable without walls, but building permits are typically not obtainable without them. For example, unless you can plan an off-grid structure, most likely your building inspector will demand a bathroom wall. And when you really think about it, a bedroom wall could prove worthy too. For a commercial yurt, such as a restaurant, a partitioned wall for the kitchen is nice.

Basics to think about. Please feel free to share your wall finish ideas in the comment box below.

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Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design."

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

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I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

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