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Learning about perfection registration in our June Master Class at SlowPrint Letterpress in Dubuque.


Recent Classes

San Francisco, Feb 1-3, 2016 

Semi-private intensive three-days in the up and coming Bayview area of San Francisco!   

Sherwood Press, Olympia WA, Feb 5-7  

We're confirmed for the Windmill Master Class in the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of February!

This will probably fill fast, with a maximum of seven participants. We'll be hosted by Jami Heinricher at the wonderful Sherwood Press (printing in this location for over 75 years!) The workshop is hands-on, full immersion!

Easthampton, Massachusetts January 13-15 2016 

Semi-private intensive three-days with the Big Wheel Press!  Spaces still available! 

Pennsylvania, November 8-10, 2015

Hosted by Ksyenia Thomas co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress at Thomas Printers in Carlisle (Harrisburg) PA.  

We had a great time in Carlisle! Here are some photos! Thanks Kseniya! 


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Here are some comments from students in the Master Classes:

I was searching for a pro.  An artist.  Someone who could help start me on my new creative journey in the beautiful world of Letterpress. I searched and searched and stumbled upon Peter's site - and his work!  Attending the Master's Class quelled all of my fears.  His patient instruction was everything I was looking for! — Melody (Colorado)

I like the small intimate courses that allow you to get to know a few more awesome letterpress printers in a short time and all while learning so much! 
I liked it when the unexpected things went wrong and we had to troubleshoot our way out of them. This happens all the time in letterpress printing, and it was good practice overall and we got to see how to fix/adjust some parts of the press, we wouldn't have otherwise gotten to adjust. 
I do appreciate that the workshops are kept small so everyone has a chance to be up close and personal with the press. The hands-on approach is really helpful as well. — Megan (Pennsylvania)

2016 Master Classes and Seminars

Presenting our 2016 course offerings, including Letterpress Master Classes, and the new "Emptiness is a Design Pattern" series of 'negative-space' studies... Updated 5 December 2015

Peter is a pleasure to listen to and his knowledge about the subject of printing is both extensive and impressive. His wealth of experience shows in how he teaches the class and understands the needs of each student.

Getting my hands dirty was the best part of the process for me. Coming from a pre-press background it was nice to  put that knowledge into action. Mixing colour setting up the press etc.

Great experience, Peter made me feel so welcome and the studio has a lovely warm atmosphere to work in, it was a real joy and was happy to come from Australia to learn from a master - thanks Peter. 

— Karen Adams (Queensland, Australia)


The intimate Letterpress Master Class (maximum of 6 participants) steps through the entire production of a two-color two-sided circular die-cut coaster on the Heidelberg 10x15 platen, (with all the attendant registration concerns...  concentric concentrics!) from digital prepress, initial press sheet trimming (critical for two-sided jobs!) to the die-cut delivery. We thoroughly cover the principles of feeding, roller setting, registration and operations for the press, the majority of which applies to any platen press (which we demonstrate on our old-style C&P). Please contact Peter directly for more information.

SP Coaster Front Before Die Cutting


Peter has taught and consulted in venues from Berlin (Gallery P98a) to the ATypI 2014 in Barcelona to the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers (Wisconsin), Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts (Chicago), and the Ladies of Letterpress Type-on-the-Cob letterpress conference. Workshops are held in his shop at Slowprint in Dubuque, or on location. Private and semi-private seminars at your location are also available. Please inquire!


Course content is adapted in consultation with the participants. Each course also typically covers important pre-press issues for digital type and polymer, including typographic finesse, adjusting type outlines for polymer, and spot color separations with Adobe tools (we use Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Distiller) 


Available workshops include:

Woodtype Experimental Print Making on Dampened Paper

Heidelberg Windmill 21st Century Letterpress Master Class

Achieving Perfect Inking and Impression on the Hand-Fed (qv Chandler & Price) Platen


The three-day class on the C&P Platen will address how to produce perfect inking and impression with photopolymer plates on the elegant hand-fed Chandler & Price. (Three full days) Please pass it on!


We’re booking dates now through 2016, and we’d be very grateful if you would pass this link to your networks!

Please contact Peter directly for more information.

Note that all seminars and workshops are offered under and subject to our Terms and Conditions 



N E W  S E R I E S 

Drawing on Emptiness : Opening Space for Creative Innovation™

Learning to perceive Negative Space as an Incubator for Creativity 


This series which explores principles of creative development through calligraphic and drawing exercises contemporary neuroscience and Zen meditation. Please see


We use the drawing of letterforms and abstract marks with pencils, markers, and the east-asian brush as a exercise in perception of negative space and non-obvious pattern relationships. 


The principles behind this series have been inspired by the groundbreaking work of Betty Edward's "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" and "Drawing on the Artist Within", as well as the teaching of Welsh master calligrapher and lettering designer Ieuan Rees, MDesRCA; Zen Shodo master Kazuaki Tanahashi; and my own practice.


Outcomes can be executed in numerous ways, including as eraser-carved rubber stamps, cut with a scalpel to experience the physical meaning of negative space. However, the lasting benefits are an increased awareness of one's own 'boundless' inner-space and an introduction to methods of accessing the well of creativity within.




Any of these workshops can be adapted for institutional seminars, university or corporate retreat settings. Please share with your networks! 


Please use the tags #emptiness_is_a_design_pattern or #letterpress-master-class


I'm happy to work with sincere and committed students, offering various apprenticeships or scholarships, but note that these still require payment for the seminar of at least 50-75% of the tuition.


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