(Re)Visiting Paulson Bott Press

Sentimental author’s note:  As April 24th nears and with it the end of this chapter of Printeresting, I’ve been digging through folders of photos and uncovered a few that somehow slipped through the cracks. The following photographs were taken during last year’s SGCI conference in San Francisco: a collection from a tour of Paulson Bott Press. Both the beautiful studio and mastery of the demonstrated process are well worth checking out.

01

Paulson Bott Press is a printmaking studio in Berkeley, California specializing in limited edition intaglio prints. Co-founded by Pam Paulson and Renee Bott in 1997, Paulson Bott Press has since worked with over 35 artists, publishing nearly 500 editions. Their philosophy is a good one: to facilitate rather than direct an artist, creating an environment where artists can do their best work. Pair this with the expertise of Paulson Bott’s staff, and you have a winning formula.

Among the published artists are a number of Gee’s Bend quilters – Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Pettway, and Loretta Bennett. Their brilliant print work, the result of multiple projects with Paulson Bott Press over the past 10 years, was prominently displayed throughout the studio during my visit. Paulson Bott had recently completed four new prints with Louisiana Bendolph, and the studio staff demonstrated the techniques they used in marrying the quilting and printmaking processes.

This short video below shows Louisiana and Mary Lee Bendolph working on both quilts and prints with the Paulson Bott staff. Read more about the Quilters of Gee’s Bend and their projects with Paulson Bott Press by clicking any of the artists’ names above and by checking out the Paulson Bott newsletter archive.

YouTube Preview Image

02

Co-founders Pam Paulson (above) & Renee Bott (below).

03

04

05

The Paulson Bott studio truly speaks for itself. It’s incredibly well equipped and organized with tons of space, high ceilings, and great light. They’re setup with two large intaglio presses: an American French Tool and a Griffin, both motor driven. And no shortage of ink.

06

07

Master Printer Sam Carr-Prindle (above) demonstrates the process of creating a softground plate from one of Louisiana Bendolph’s quilt tops. This particular quilt top was used in the making of Look Underneath (color aquatint and softground, 2013).

08

09

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

Demonstrating the printing of Louisiana Bendolph’s As I Leave Shall I Return (color aquatint and softground, 2013).

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

Printer Alexander “Z” Groshong

25

26

27

28

Electro Etching setup

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

Bookmark / Share / Print
Categories: Artists, Printshop Tour


Comments are closed.