Letterpress Short Course dates announced!

Letterpress short course; printing posters and cards

We run letterpress workshops throughout the year aimed at providing an introduction in to the printing methods we use on a daily basis. Numbers are restricted to 4 per session so that each participant has access to a press for the whole day. Although letterpress is a skilled craft, our workshops make it easy for newcomers to get a taste of the ‘dark art’ by using simple machines that enable a relatively quick and satisfying result.

Sessions begin with a short demonstration of hand setting and inking before we run through the basics of how each machine operates. You will then be free to design and print posters or cards of your choosing using the wide variety of wood and hot-metal type that we have available. You will learn how to set type accurately in a setting-stick, lock up a forme, mix ink and apply it to a press. And, most importantly, you will learn the joy of seeing your creation come to life once it’s taken from the grippers. There are multiple variables in the printing process and you will be guided through the processes at each stage.

Workshops run for one day from 9.30am – 4.30pm and cost £85.

Letterpress long course; printing a book

You begin by planning the structure of your book, which will be 8-pages in format. Instruction will be given in how to compose lines of type using a setting stick, how to impose those lines into a chase and how to successfully lock that chase up so that it can be transported to the press.

You will be guided through the various stages of the printing process and learn to apply ink and pressure in harmony so as to create the perfect printed impression. There will be opportunity to bind your book, applying a simple stitch thread to your works.

During the course you will be encouraged to react and think imaginatively when confronted with the constraints of the letterpress process, and to allow the look of the book to evolve rather than adhere to a preconceived picture. This will help open up your creativity and possibilities for experimentation. Ideas on the content of the books will be discussed as a group on the first evening session, and will develop during your time spent with the type cases and presses.

By the end of the course you will have completed 10 copies of your book to take away. You will have gained knowledge and skills in working with type, ink, presses and paper as well as simple binding. You will also have gained confidence in working with letterpress imaginatively.

Workshops run for 2 days from 9.30am – 4.30pm each day and courses cost £225. 

Press booking

If you are part of a group and would like to spend the day printing with colleagues on a company away day we can offer you the whole building to yourselves for a day. In this instance we can cater for up to 5 participants and are happy to use the day for a specific project you may have in mind.

Prices start from £475 per day. 

“We received the perfect balance of care and attention, while also being allowed the freedom to experiment and really experience the art of letter pressing.”

Rachael Parkes, CellarDoor Creative