Hosted by the Southern California Chapter
In this webinar we will discuss the various ways that plaster can be used to expand design opportunities, upgrade quality, and save time and money for interior architecture and design. From regular standing and running trim all the way to bas relief panels we will see how plaster can be deployed for almost all paint grade surfaces, and provide myriad options for artistic expression.
FRA methodology for integral-colored finishes such as stuc pierre will be looked at for their beauty, value, and methods of installation. Precast shaped ceiling components will also be discussed for their design options and speed of installation. Various options for the integration of mechanical systems such as HVAC grille work, and trim less lighting will be described. We will also take a look into the FRA sculpture studio, where all of our designs and ornament are created under the supervision of our talented partner, Emily Bedard. Finally, we will show how plaster is a natural, sustainable “green” product that adds to a healthful interior environment.
Foster attended Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT where he received a BA in Fine Art (classical sculpture) along with a Mathematics minor. Moving to NYC in 1984 Foster worked in construction to support his art, and in 1988 enrolled in Parsons School of Design to pursue his Master of Fine Art (classical painting) in the Beaux Art style atelier program lead by Leland Bell and Paul Resika. The focus on history, materials, and old master techniques married well to Foster’s growing knowledge of the building trades, and it didn’t take long for him to start experimenting with the medium of plaster as “art in construction”.
Foster had an eye-opening experience in 1990 when working for a contractor who was also an historian of the building trades in NYC. When he applied some basic plastering techniques he had learned while working summers for a builder in VT, this contractor/historian commented on how rare it was to find people who can do this sort of work. Foster was perplexed that in such a populous city, this would be a rare talent. He was summarily taken out for a beer after work and told the sad story of the demise of the plaster trade, which began in earnest after WWII with the advent of drywall. Thus began a journey into the understanding of the materials and techniques, and a commitment to the renaissance of this amazing trade via modern methodologies.
After 30 years of exploration and executed work, Foster has amassed a group of standard products and practices that he feels embody the best and most beautiful aspects of plaster. Foster never tires of expounding on the health benefits, the green environmental aspects, and the maintenance free nature of plaster products. Add to this the almost unlimited design potential, for both classical and modern buildings, and you have the foundation of a career that continues to inspire Foster and the many whom he has touched with his passion.
Foster and his amazing team have been the recipients of the Trumbauer Award, the Mizner Award, and the Bulfinch Award, all for excellence in craftsmanship. Foster is a board member of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, and is on the preservation committee of Old Westbury Gardens, where he helps oversee the restoration of the Phipps mansion. Foster dedicates much time to educating craftsmen, builders and designers in the modern techniques and uses of plaster.
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This event will be presented via Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the program. If you have any questions about this class, please email [email protected].
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