Penland Printmaking Studio

Print Studio

Print Studio
Print Studio

Print Studio
Print Studio


Studio Information


The Paul Hayden Duensing printmaking studio is equipped with the following:
Ettan etching press (24” x 48”)
Takach etching press (30” x 60”)
Takach tabletop litho press (24” x 48”)
Charles Brand etching press (22” x 44”)
Charles Brand etching press (36” x 60”)
(2) Charles Brand litho Presses (30” x 50”)

Litho graining sink (24" x 48")
Charles Brand litho Press (24” x 40”)
2 hot plates (40" x 30" and 18" x 24")
Aquatint box
Amergraph Advantage 150 exposure unit
Lawson screen dryer

AWT vacuum printing table

Screenprint washout booth
PEXTO plate cutter
G.H. Sanborn Board Shear

G.H. Sanborn flattening system
Takach rubber ink rollers and hand brayers
(6) Inking slabs (36 x 60")
(50) Litho Stones range in sizes from 6” x 8” up to 20” x 24”
30” x 48” wire drying rack
30" x 48" paper soaking sink

Flat files (50" x 38")

12 individual work tables with cabinets (72 x 30")
Ventilated acid room with hood ventilation for etching, spray booth, and adhesives
Three vertical tanks for ferric chloride

Three iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite

Epson 7890 (24")

This list of equipment is intended to give you an idea of what the studio is like. It is a general description of equipment and may change before your session. The equipment used by your class will be determined by your instructor and will be appropriate to the techniques covered in your class. Students are welcome to bring favorite personal hand tools for use in the studio.

Supplies and Materials

Shared supplies such as inks and solvents are available in the studio and are normally included in your summer tuition. An additional studio fee will be assessed in classes that use a large volume of these supplies or require special materials. You will be notified in advance if a studio fee greater than $50 is expected. During concentration, shared supplies are not included in tuition, therefore each class will be assessed a studio fee based on all shared materials usage. You are responsible for bringing other supplies needed for individual work. Printing matrixes such as zinc, copper, wood, linoleum, and plexi plates will be sold through the studio or store as per instructor request. Please refer to your instructor’s material list for specific materials needed for your class. Rags will be supplied for solvent use and must be disposed of in one of the studio’s marked flame-resistant cans. In order to reduce waste, paper towels are NOT provided, so please plan to bring 3-4 cotton towels for your personal non-solvent use. If you feel the need to use paper towels, please bring enough rolls for the duration of your session.

The school maintains a comprehensive hazardous waste program and asks that you limit the materials you bring to campus to those classified as non-toxic. The material must be in its original packaging. An environmental fee will be assessed for classes generating hazardous waste. In order to limit the hazardous waste generated in the studios, we cannot allow students to bring toxic materials outside of the class supply list into studios.


Toolkits are NOT provided in printmaking. Please refer to your instructor’s material list for specifics about personal tools needed for the class.


Printmaking classes are held in the new Paul Hayden Duensing studio building. The main classroom is equipped with intaglio and litho presses, a hot plate, a rosin box, a plate cutter, inking slabs, paper soaking sink, a flammables cabinet, a graining sink, and several worktables. There is a separate ventilated acid room with hood ventilation, vertical etching trays, and a spray booth. The building also houses a screen washout room and small darkroom for coating, exposing and drying screens. The maximum class size is 12 students.

Student Workspace

Students work at individual worktables that are 30” x 60” with lockable cabinets. Each workspace is equipped with clamp-on lamps and padded chairs.

Safety Information

A first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, eyewash station, and safety shower are located in the studio. There is a mandatory safety walk through at the beginning of every class. The walk through is to introduce you to the studio space and to show you the safety equipment. North Carolina Health regulations do not permit Penland to provide safety equipment for shared use. Therefore, items such as dust masks, respirators, gloves, and aprons are sold in the supply store. You may prefer to bring your own from home. Please refer to your instructor’s material list for specifics about safety equipment needed for the class. Flameproof cans are provided to collect hazardous waste, such as rags used with mineral spirits or other solvents. In addition, there is an estimated $10 hazardous waste removal fee per student to cover the costs of safely disposing of ink and solvent waste. Alcohol is not permitted in the studios. Working in the studios under the influence of alcohol is not permitted. The use of illegal drugs at Penland is prohibited.

Shared Studio Equipment

Shared space/music: Each class should discuss the playing of music and reach a consensus on the time of day, the volume, and the type of music to be played. Tolerance and consideration are expected from everyone.

If you wish to use equipment in other studios on campus during your session, you must work with the instructor, studio assistant, and coordinator of that studio to arrange access. They will determine if the desired usage is compatible with their class’s activities and if you are able to work safely and independently with the equipment.

Session Schedules

Each session starts with an all-school meeting Sunday evening at 5pm followed by dinner in the Pines. Classes start Sunday at 8:30pm. Classes end and studio clean-up takes place the day before your session ends. The last day of each session is reserved for farewells and an all-school exhibition of work created during your time at Penland.

Everyone must participate in studio clean-up; if you must leave early, please ask the studio assistant to assign you clean-up tasks you can accomplish before your departure.

If you have questions, contact:
Studio Coordinator: Jay Fox
Office: 828-765-2359 x 1128
E-mail Address: