Open Vatt night Tuesday Sept. 14

Thanks to everyone who stopped by this weekend at the Boston Ahts Festival, and Art in The Park it was great to share art and papermaking!

This has been a busy week, and tonight is our Open Vatt night / Studio Sale. From 6:30 – 8:30 tonight come to the studio to make paper, share art and ideas, and this week only check out frames, papers and other art supplies for sale.

suggested donation is $20 for papermaking but all are welcome.

August 13, 14 open papermaking, and demos in Union Square, Somerville.

There will be open papermaking at the studio this Friday August 13th 6:30- 8:30. This is a donation based event, suggested donation 20$. Bring friends who might be interested and in general feel free to talk all things paper arts. Please rsvp by e-mailing so there is enough pulp for everyone.

Saturday August 14th there is still room left in the veggie paper class, but e-mail by Thursday August 12 to secure a spot.

Saturday August 14th, there will also be a BPC booth at the Union Square Main Street’s paper party, a specialty market with a focus on paper. Melinda will be selling some of her papers, displaying her Fine Art marbling, and doing demonstrations. The market is from 3-7, and one day only in the heart of Union square, Somerville, MA.

Summer Workshops

For descriptions on the workshops check out the Current Workshops page.


11 Open Vat Night 6:30-8:30 pm

16 Open Studios 11-5

19 Veggie Paper I 2-5 pm

20 Museum of Printing Print Fair (we will be demonstrating papermaking) in N. Andover

23 Open Studios 11-5

26 Pulp Painting Intro 10-2

30 Open Studio 11-5


7 Open Studio 11-5

9 Open Vat Night 6:30-8:30 pm

10 Veggie Paper II 2-5 pm

11 Cyanotype Prints 2-4 pm

12 Paper Intensive 10-2

13 Paper Intensive 10-2

14 Paper Intensive 10-2 (no Open Studio)

19 Marbling Intro 6:30-8:30 pm

21 Open Studio 11-5

28 Open Studio 11-5


4 Open Studio 11-5

11 Open Studio 11-5

13 Open Vat Night 6:30-8:30 pm

14 Veggie Paper III 2-5 pm

15 Advanced Pulp Painting 2-5 pm

28 Text and Image in/on Paper 10-2

29 Text and Image in/on Paper 10-2

Local Classes

We can always develop a custom workshop or offer one on one instruction, but the workshop offerings for May/June will be a bit stalled due to a large project.

The Open Vat night this month is this friday May 14th at 6:30, as always feel free to stop by for refreshments, and a free and open atmosphere to pull some sheets and talk about projects. This month there will also be an opening reception of photographs by Tamara Melcher on the first floor.

Mass Art is running 2 one week continuing education workshops in June. These should be very good intensive classes, they are taught by Drew Mattot.The first class is a fundamentals class open to all levels and the second class covers more advanced techniques.

3DFB205 From Fiber to Paper: Breaking the Pattern and Undoing the Weave

3DFB207 Paper Pulp as Artists Media

Drew  Matott is a book artist, printmaker, the co-founder of several papermaking studios and projects, including the Green Door Studio and the Combat Paper Project (

Volunteers Needed


We need extra hands to help produce an edition of 1000 4×4 pulp paintings for a handpapermaking magazine  fundraiser. Volunteers will be assisting  Beverly Sky on this project. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use the 22 x 30 mould and how to make a large pulp painted edition.

Work on this project will be going on Wednesday through monday, if you are interested in volunteering e-mail

This week at the Stove Factory Art Studios…..

There is still space left in the Papermaking with Plants Workshop this Sunday. Act now to reserve your space by e-mailing

The last Few Open Vat nights have been a blast, this Friday April 9 from 6:30-8:30 there will also be an art show reception on the first floor. For information about the Artists Group of Charlestown Spring Art Show check out their website Melinda Cross will have a few pieces on handmade paper on exhibit.

Tempt your friends with the Art Exhibit reception, eat tasty reception food, make paper, and leave happy.

April Workshops

Mark your calenders for the next Open Vat night April 9 6:30-8:30

Boston Paper Collective

April 2010 Workshops

All Workshops held at 523 Medford St. Charlestown, MA (Second Floor in Stove Factory Studios)

All workshops require advanced reservations: or phone: 646-675-7109

Sun April 11, 2-5 pm

Plant Papermaking Basics: Sustainable Art

Introduction on how to make beautiful paper from a wide variety of plants, from common garden plants such as Iris, Hosta or Lillies to edible plants and vegetables such as corn, onions, asparagus, to inner bark fibers including paper mulberry (kozo) and gampi. Learn to make some beautiful natural papers and how to make more plant papers from the environment around you.

$75 including materials

Wed Apr 14, 6-8 pm


An introduction to this incredibly beautiful, simple and versatile art of Japanese marbling. Bring your own handmade papers or use prepared papers. These papers can be used in book arts, printmaking, as stand-alone artworks or many other possible uses.

$55 including materials

Sat/Sun April 24/25, 2-5 pm

Japanese Lampmaking

Both Classes recommended as a series, discount price of $135 for both days, includes material fee


Learn the craft of traditional Japanese papermaking and then make your own Japanese papers that we will use the following day to make the lampshades. Washi is an extremely strong paper that can be used for all sorts of unique projects requiring durability and some translucency. Papers for lampmaking can also be decorated or embedded with leaves.



Together, we’ll each create a simple wooden frame and then attach your own handmade paper to make a very elegant Japanese lamp. We will discuss other lamp making techniques as well.


Wed April 28, 6-8 pm

Journal Making: Japanese Bookbinding

Watoji or Japanese stab binding is one of the simplest and most effective bindings. We will make simple journals and the technique will transfer to many other book art applications. Bring in your handmade paper for the cover or contents, or bring in your favorite papers.

$55 including materials