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Care and Feeding of the Intaglio Studio with Liz Chalfin

Liz Chalfin
Saturday, June 13, 10-5 – Setting Up a Safe Etching Studio
Sunday, June 14, 10-5 – Caring for Your Etching Press

1 day – $150 non-members, $135 members
both days $285 non-member, $255 members
$5 material fee includes extensive handouts

Saturday workshop is still open.  Sunday workshop is full.   Call to put your name on the waiting list if you want to take both days or Sunday only.

Do you want to learn how to set up a safe and sustainable etching studio?  Do you have a press but don’t know how to care for it? Don’t know how to clean your etching blankets?

This workshop will cover all of the fundamentals, from learning why it’s important to have a safe studio to how to physically set up and maintain a shop.

You can take one day, or both days depending on what you want to learn.

Saturday: Setting Up a Safe and Sustainable Etching Studio

  • Toxicology in the print studio: understanding hazards and protections;
  • How to read material safety data sheets and other ways of becoming an informed user; 
  • Shop manuals – what’s important to include;
  • How to prepare ferric chloride for etching copper (adjusting strength, maintenance and disposal);
  • How to set up an airbrush aquatint spray booth – DIY and professional
  • Tool use and care, including sharpening
  • Vendors -where to order supplies

Sunday: Caring for Your Etching Press

  • Getting to know the press: part names and uses;
  • Calibrating the press for proper printing;
  • Lubricating and cleaning the press;
  • Etching blankets – when to use which ones, how to clean (spot and deep cleaning);
  • Adapting an etching press special needs (i.e. woodblock printing, polyester plate litho, deep collagraphs).

Liz Chalfin has decades of experience as the founder of Zea Mays Printmaking and a consultant who advises institutions and individuals on retrofitting their spaces to be safer studios.

This workshop counts towards the Zea Mays Printmaking “Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio”.

Saturday Only – $150 + $5 materials fee ‐Non‐Members

Saturday Only – $135 + $5 materials fee -Members