Venetian Plaster

Venetian Plaster is a term currently used most often by designers and architects to describe integral colored plaster.

Throughout the world there are a number of companies that
produce Venetian Plaster. Most of these manufacturers are in Europe although in recent years with the popularity spreading for Artisan finishes, companies are springing up
elsewhere.

 

Most often Venetian Plaster is associated with old world Italian finishes. In reality Venetian Plaster is actually called “Stucco”. However, in the U.S. the term stucco refers to traditional exterior plaster. Tract style homes are often finished with Stucco. Hence the need for a terminology that conjures up thoughts of ancient Italian cities and artists.

The essence of true Venetian Plaster (stucco) is aged Lime Plaster. Lime is soaked (slaked) for at least 6 months after which it is then ready to be used to create a beautiful wall or ceiling finish that although smooth to touch will have a visual depth similar to stone or marble. Limitless colors are added along with a variety of aggregates, most often fine marble sand. The depth of the Venetian Plaster finish is achieved by applying multiple coats of wet on wet Lime Plaster with a stainless steel trowel and polishing the surface at the appropriate time.

Plaster with color has been used for thousands of years. Ancient Greece used plaster with color. Walls of ancient Pompeii often had multiple coats of wet on wet lime plaster. Artisans of the Renaissance era used Venetian Plaster that is still visible today.