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Copperplate Calligraphy


11 March 2022 @ 14:00 - 17:00

Afternoon workshop 2pm - 5pm

In this Copperplate Calligraphy workshop, you’ll be given the tools, techniques and attention needed to be able to begin forming your own individual style.

This afternoon workshop (2pm – 5pm) is running as part of our programme of lettering events throughout March and taught by Athena Cauley-Yu, owner of well-loved stationery shop Meticulous Ink based in Bath.

This accessible creative workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of copperplate calligraphy; teaching you how to use a dip pen with a flexible nib, make basic strokes and form letters in a distinctive copperplate style. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the skills to begin writing confidently in beautiful script lettering.

Athena will teach you all the techniques and give you the attention needed to be able to begin forming your own individual calligraphy style. The course also includes all the tools needed for you to take away.

Each pupil will receive:

1 x Wooden nib holder

1 x Flexible copperplate nib

5 x Meticulous Ink calligraphy practice sheets

1 x Meticulous Ink Hand lettering guide sheet

1 x Pot of Iron Gall Meticulous Ink

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Develop the skills and confidence to write script lettering
  • Leave with your own calligraphy stationery

You will also get to keep all of this equipment so you can continue your Copperplate Calligraphy practice at home.

Download the full course itinerary here


This course would pair well with The Art of Letterpress, run by The Letterpress Collective, which is taking place from the 9th – 11th March 2022.

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Meticulous Ink

Athena Cauley-Yu, owner of the well-loved stationery shop Meticulous Ink based in Bath has had a career in stationery and calligraphy after completing her studies in Arts & Media in Farnham.

Specialising in Fine Art Print due to the abundant space in the print studios, she went on to work at two private stationers in London before embarking on her creative business venture in Meticulous Ink.

Specialising in Fine Art Print due to the abundant space in the print studios, she went on to work at two private stationers in London before embarking on her creative business venture in Meticulous Ink.⁠

Meticulous Ink is a small, women-led team of lovely, diverse, creative folk that really care a lot about creating beautiful, unusual, tactile stationery.⁠ Their 1960s presses are what they use to print greeting cards, stationery box sets and printed matter that they sell in the shop area of their studio. Meticulous Ink also uses them to produce bespoke print projects - from business cards and wedding invites to packaging and bookmarks. ⁠

Behind the counter, you can see their printworks and machines. They proudly create bespoke designs and stationery printed the old fashioned way - using beautiful papers, time, patience, and a deep-rooted passion for being meticulous. ⁠

At the very back of the studio, Meticulous Ink teaches lettering and calligraphy workshops. The space is calm and friendly, full of creative inspiration and tactile, analogue trinkets.⁠

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We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.

We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.

Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note - Any additional nights before will include catering in the evenings, and additional nights after will include an evening meal and breakfast the following morning)

All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

Please note - we do not have an alcohol license but you may bring alcohol onto the premises for your own consumption and to share with the group if you wish.

To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering

Yes! This course includes lunch at 13:00 for all participants, to get to know one another before they start the afternoon session. Please advise us of any dietary requirements you might have before arriving.

You don't need anything - everything you need for this workshop is provided, including ink, nibs, paper and guide sheets - all of which you can take away with you at the end of the workshop. Though we don't anticipate any spillages, we would recommend you wear black, or dark colours!

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