Wall Artist

Artisan Plaster

With more than two decades of experience in the plaster and stucco business, spanning three continents, Jan Herwig knows plaster.

Jan’s a depth of knowledge in plaster and stucco application, the myriad of plaster techniques in use and design considerations is rivalled by few.

He got his start in the plaster business in Germany in 1993, when he enrolled in a German trade school, eventually getting his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Ornamental-Architectural Plaster and Restoration of Heritage Buildings.

There was a strong practical component to the program, and Jan found he really enjoyed the variety of the work and challenges that come at him every day. He also enjoys the creative aspect of the work, and being able to see the progress on his creations at the end of each work day.

Jan was able to gain a great deal of creative experience when he worked on the movie sets of Enemy at the Gates and also on The Pianist. The work he did on those sets was mainly in plaster, and varied from creating simulated damage to recreating other materials.

He worked with companies around Germany restoring historical buildings. Germany has strict heritage building laws, and it was often difficult to create exact replicas. Often the interior and exterior plaster and stucco work had to be recreated from photos, using plaster formulations from that era. Modern materials were not allowed!

Before coming to Canada, Jan also gained experience with modern drywall on the inside of buildings, and outside using modern techniques such as acrylic stucco and E.I.F.S. (exterior insulation finishing system) which was founded in Europe and is becoming quite common now in Alberta.

After moving to Canada and meeting his wife Yasmin, Jan found opportunities to work in India, where he continued his work in the plaster and stucco business, working with architects, doing product research, project management, project supervision and quality control.

While there he gained an increased appreciation for the use of natural products such as bamboo, contributing to his interest in sustainable, non-polluting building products that continues to this day. After moving back to Canada, Jan continued his exceptional plaster and stucco work.


Discover Plaster Perfection

Learning the craft of plaster, our roots in Germany led us to coin the term Stuckateur when referring to our skilled staff. We are artisans and humbly respect the materials and techniques developed over generations of work. New techniques and generationally trained skills combine with new compounds to create the most impressive wall spaces and finishes you have ever seen.

Crown Plaster sees the potential in Alberta to continue delivering artisan quality plaster and stucco work in a sustainable way — using all natural materials to create professional and beautiful finished products. We also recognize the importance of maintaining heritage buildings throughout the province, and strive to attain period quality craftsmanship with each installation.

The key qualities Crown Plaster brings to every job are: professionalism, quality, and creativity. We look forward to developing your spaces.

Crown Plaster is an Edmonton-based artisan plaster and stucco company. We specialize in custom ornamental and architectural plaster, Interior & exterior stucco and plaster restoration. Our work takes us throughout Canada — from Vancouver to Toronto and everywhere in-between.

Our projects range from new home builds and renovation projects, to heritage house and building restoration. We also work on a variety of commercial building projects such as offices, businesses and building facades.


We develop professional relationships to provide you with artisan quality finishes.

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“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.”

– Isaac Bashevis Singer