Studio Labs

MCBA’s Studio Labs provide low-cost access to equipment outside of workshops. Enjoy fellowship of other makers as you work on your own projects in our bindery, wet studios, and print studios. Studio fellows are available to answer questions or help with equipment, but participants must register in advance and have adequate training to work independently. Studio Labs are not eligible for Certificate credit.

MCBA’s studios are also available for rental by-the-hour. Visit MCBA’s equipment rental page for more information. For regular access to equipment, check out MCBA’s Artist Collective.

Have questions? Check out MCBA’s Workshop & Studio Lab Policies and FAQs.

Papermaking Lab: May 24

Tuesday, May 24; 5–9pm CT
Experience required

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Continue reading “Papermaking Lab: May 24”

Papermaking Lab: June 21

Tuesday, June 21; 5–9pm CT
Experience required

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Continue reading “Papermaking Lab: June 21”

Cutting Equipment Lab: July 5

Tuesday, July 5; 5–6pm, 6–7pm, 7–8pm, 8–9pm CT

Cut paper and book board using MCBA’s cutting equipment! Two guillotine paper cutters cut stacks of paper and two board shears cut large sheets of paper (also called “parent” sheets). Cutting Equipment Lab offers individuals an opportunity to reserve an hour-long time slot during Studio Lab to prepare paper and board for future projects. Prior training on safe and effective use of MCBA’s guillotine paper cutter and board shears is required. If this equipment is new to you and you are interested in learning how to use it, register for Cutting Equipment Training instead. Continue reading “Cutting Equipment Lab: July 5”