Clay Paint

Djenné’s mud houses as an inspiration for Tierrafino clay paint and clay plaster.

By clay artist Carl Giskes

“In the 1970s I traveled through Africa, Asia and America for seven years to get to know other cultures and to orientate myself on my future.
In Africa I ended up in the famous city of Djenné, which made an indelible impression on me. I saw how the people built their houses with clay. These houses are a pleasure to live and work in.
When I returned from my world trip, I decided to introduce clay building here in the Netherlands. In 1992 I founded ‘Leembouw Nederland’, a company that made mineral, environmentally friendly stuccos, paints and other clay products with the brand name Tierrafino (Fine Earth).

The raw materials come from European clay and sand quarries. The colors have an earthy glow. In this way, an ancient product delivers a modern application.
With my company Tierrafino I want to contribute to a beautiful, healthy living environment in which people really feel at home. ‘



The Technical Friday Morning (TFM) held Friday morning each week is targeted especially for professionals within the building – and designers industry. In approx. 1.5 hours our Tierrafino Clay Expert team will give a presentation on clay construction in general and the technical application of our clay products specifically. The TFM also provides the opportunity to discuss your personal project using the application of clay. Our TFM’s are free of charge.


The unique qualities of Clay paint

Clay has a number of particularly pleasant and unique qualities. Clay consists of about 50% oxygen and 20% to 40% silicon. Especially this mineral gives clay its unique heat and moisture regulating quality. Important other advantages of clay are that it is anti-static and anti-fungal, which promotes a healthy and balanced indoor climate. Clay is warm in winter and cool in summer. In residential houses as well as in offices, theaters, concert halls, museums and utility buildings, clay walls and ceilings create a pleasant atmosphere and a brilliant interplay of colours.

Our paints:


Tierrafino i-paint is suitable for interior walls and ceilings. This natural ecological and organic clay paint is made almost completely of clay powder, originating from various quarries in Europe, and has a fine soft structure.

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Tierrafino T-paint clay paint for the interior. The T stands for texture, or structure. Specially selected sands are mixed through the clay, creating a granular structure. Walls and ceilings treated with T-paint look lively and sparkling.

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Tierrafino DryPaint is a 100% natural clay paint which comes in dry powder and is available in many colors. Suitable for walls and ceilings. DryPaint is delivered dry and only needs to be mixed with water on location. Tierrafino’s most innovative and sustainable clay paint!

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