My studio is located in my home garage on the Westside of Santa Cruz. It features a large work surface, flat files for storage, a loft for storing framed artwork and an excellent ventilation system which is used when I work with oil-based inks. With windows that look into the garden and lots of natural light it is a very welcoming space.
The studio is dominated a Griffin IV etching press which is available for rent at $30 an hour to experienced printmakers.
Spacious flat files are topped with sheets of thick glass to offer a clean work surface for rolling out ink. Each drawer contains chine colle paper, printing paper, completed prints, mat board and various studio tools.
In the corner is a small stove with a piped gas line. Rainy, winter evenings in the studio are kept toasty and dry with this powerful Yodel stove and a teapot sits atop at the ready.
The Griffin IV press with slatted wood paper support platform spanning the leg bracing. Weighing 2,000 pounds the press bed measures around 4' x 6'. The microdials on the press help with accuracy in pressure, the solid steel bed makes up half of the weight of this beast. With legs coated in a blue automotive paint there is a little sparkle to this massive machine. Sand-cast bronze handles and dials add character.
Sadly the Griffin company which was based in Oakland is no longer in operation.
Open studios is one of my favorite opportunities to show folks the processes of printmaking. Each year the Arts Cultural Council Santa Cruz organizes a three-weekend event in October when close to 300 artists from Watsonville to Davenport open their studios to the public. Over 300 visitors stopped my space during the two weekends and it's great to see folks return over the years to see my newer work.
Once art fans see the materials and equipment involved in the creation of etchings they better appreciate the final work. After an inking and print pulling demonstration people say "Oh, that's how it's done - I thought you just printed these off of a computer." Once they see the press, smell the oily inks, feel the thick paper, and hear the explanation they understand the time that goes into making etchings. Some get so jazzed by the demonstration that they sign up for one of my workshops taught in this studio.