2018 Events

Museum Open Hours
Third Saturday of each month (except closed third Saturday in August)
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

See casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type. Souvenir metal type, printed ephemera, DVDs and other printing related items are available for sale.

Suggested admission donation is $5.

Type Jam! : Andre Chaves/Clinker Press
Monday June 25, 2018
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

Clinker Press is a private letterpress studio located in Portland, Oregon which publishes material relating to the art of printing as well as the Arts and Crafts Movement. Books are letterpress printed in limited editions using hot metal composition (Intertype and Ludlow) as well as hand set display type.

NW Letterpress Network
Hosted by Bernie Smith & Ivan Snyder
Saturday June 9, 2017
Saturday May 12, 2018
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

Come  join a new informal letterpress discussion group focused on building skills and promoting quality in letterpress printing. We envision printers of varied skill levels meeting once a month to discuss everything letterpress related.


Portland Letterpress Printers Fair
226 SE Madison Street, Portland
Sunday April 15th, 2018

A  marketplace of printed goods and equipment from local/regional shops, live book arts demonstrations, raffle prizes, libations and – for the first time – a print exchange for participating vendors!


Type Jam! : Jennifer Farrell/Starshaped Press
Tuesday April 3, 2018
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

Jennifer Farrell has been dedicated to using hand set metal type for letterpress printing since the beginnings of Starshaped Press back in 1999, and takes on commission work as well as creating her own intricately built prints. Based in Chicago, she has been inspired by the history and architecture of her adopted city, and in 2016-2017 she designed a series of ornaments influenced by the locale, which were then engraved by Swamp Press (MA) and cast by Three Ton Bridge Press (NY). Jen will bring drawings of the Chicago Collection ornaments and talk about the process of designing for new metal type. Jen was also recently awarded a fellowship a the Newbury Library and can share about her current research projects related to type design.

This is an informal event — please bring questions! Drinks and small snacks to share are encouraged.


Mini Printing Residency with Jules Remedios Faye, Stern & Faye Printers
March 17th, 2018
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

Throughout the year we will be inviting local & regional printers to come in to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry during our monthly museum open hours to work with our freshly cast type and ornaments. From 11am-3pm on March 17th, Jules will be working on printing some art stamps using Monotype ornaments.

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Type Jam! with Mark Sarigianis of Prototype Press
March 2, 2018
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

Based in Oakland, California, Mark has been working on beautifully designed, printed and bound fine press books for a number of years. The newest release from Prototype Press is Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye, cast in Monotype Powell with original woodcuts from Sean StarWars. Mark will present this book as well as some of his other work, and talk about the story behind this particular volume.

The event is free and open to the public, and is informal.


Mini Printing Residency with Jessica Spring, Springtide Press
January 20th, 2018
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

Throughout the year we will be inviting local & regional printers to come in to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry during our monthly museum open hours to work with our freshly cast type and ornaments. From 11am-3pm on January 20th, Jessica will be working to design and print a notecard using our printing presses.

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2017 Events

Seattle Book Arts Guild (BAG)
Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017
Suzzallo Library Classroom B069, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA

The Book Arts Guild hosts regular monthly lectures/studio visits and a variety of workshops on all areas covered by book arts, and will be hosting the C.C. Stern Type Foundry in November. BAG was formed in Seattle in 1979 to support the diverse disciplines of the book arts and has been actively dedicated to promoting all hand bookmaking crafts and contemporary book arts for 35 years. Today the Guild counts among its members bookbinders and conservators, papermakers, paper decorators, people in all forms of printing and typography, calligraphers, artists who create images through printmaking, painting and photography and many others who are involved with the making of books.


Letterpress Lunch (a feast for your eyes)
Wednesday Nov. 15th, 2017
Ingram Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Wekell Gallery/Thorniley Collection

Representatives from the The C.C. Stern Type Foundry will be visiting Pacific Lutheran University for their Letterpress Lunch, demonstrating type casting with a hand mould and showcasing printed ephemera and metal typographic delights.


The Tramp Printers: Forgotten Trails of the Traveling Typographers
Metal Type Jam! with author and printer Charles Overbeck
November 6th, 2017

8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon
free, RSVP appreciated

An informal gathering to foster creative exchange in the print community. Charles Overbeck of Eberhardt Press will be talking about his recently published book, The Tramp Printers, and sharing his knowledge about the itinerant typographers of the past. A selection of International Typographical Union (ITU) materials and related documents from the local Typo union will be on display.

Let’s talk about historical traditions, contemporary practices, and celebrate letterpress printing using metal type. Light food & drink available.


Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

September 19th, 2017

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97202
$8 advance tickets online/$10 at the door

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry is partnering with other area institutions to bring a screening of Pressing On:The Letterpress Film to Portland. Co-presenters include Oregon College of Art & Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the American Amateur Press Association, and the Independent Publishing Resource Center. The film will be followed by a panel discussion/Q&A with area letterpress printers.

Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age?
Directed by Andrew P. Quinn & Erin Beckloff.
Watch the trailer.


Focus on Book Arts Conference
“Six Hundred Years of Type: Metal Type in the 21st Century“
Thursday June 22, 2017
Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus

Featuring a video screening of Making Faces, about Jim Rimmer’s creation of the Stern typeface, followed by a presentation and question/answer session on casting and letterpress type. Focus on Book Arts conferences are held every two years in Forest Grove, Oregon.


Portland Letterpress Fair
April 23, 2017
Redd Building, 831 SE Salmon St., Portland, Oregon

The 8th annual printers fair is again presented by the Portland Printers Alliance as part of Design Week Portland. We will be there with prints, ornaments, and other type casting related items for sale.


Metal Type Jam!
April 11, 2017
8900 NE Vancouver Way (Bay 4), Portland, Oregon

An informal gathering to foster creative exchange in the print community. Bring recent work, work in progress, or someone else’s work you are inspired by. Let’s talk about technique, share ideas & challenges, and celebrate letterpress printing using metal type. Light food & drink available.



2016 Events

American Typecasting Fellowship Conference
August 10-14, 2016
Finger Lakes Region, NY

Representatives from the C.C. Stern Type Foundry will participate in technical workshops, lectures, keepsake exchange, and field trips as part of the 2016 ATF Conference. The conference is hosted by the Book Arts Center at Wells College and the Bixler Press & Letterfoundry in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, and included additional visits to Virgin Wood Type and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.


Portland Letterpress Fair
April 17, 2016
Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Ave., Portland, Oregon

This year’s fair is presented by the Portland Printers Alliance as part of Design Week Portland. We will be demonstrating type casting using a hand mould, and will have a table with prints, ornaments, and other type casting related items for sale.


Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference Open Hours
April 2, 2016

We’ll be hosting special open hours on April 2nd from 11am – 2pm during the SGCI “Flux” Conference. SGCI will be in Portland from March 30-April 2, 2016. The conference includes a variety of special exhibits, open studios and events of interest to print enthusiasts. SGCI is the largest print organization in North America, and its annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking.

We are honored to be receiving the SGCI Community and Heritage Award in Printmaking during the conference. From the awards committee: “The award honors C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s substantial commitment to preserving and illuminating the history of type founding through a working museum and related educational programming.”


Fifth Anniversary Open Museum Hours
March 19, 2016

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday, March 19, with open hours from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Stop by the foundry to see our casting machines in operation. We’ll also give demonstrations of casting type by hand, the way it was done from Gutenberg’s time until the mid-19th century. Volunteers will be on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type. Suggested admission donation is $5.00.

March of 2016 marks five years since we opened the doors of the C.C. Stern Type Foundry to the general public. I think it’s safe to say that we have welcomed more than 1,000 in person visitors to our Museum of Metal Typography in this time. We’re incredibly proud of all the volunteer work that has gone into the organization—a big thank you to everyone who has given their time, skills, and cash to make this go.


Visiting Typecaster: Bill Berkuta
February 20, 2016
11:00am- 3:00pm

Bill Berkuta is a Los Angeles-based letterpress printer with over thirty years of experience. He works for Aardvaark Letterpress, volunteers at the International Printing Museum, and runs his own recording business (Afterhours Recording Co). In addition, he is a superb Linotype operator and mechanic. Bill will spend Saturday at the Foundry problem-solving on the Linotype machine. Stop by to say hello!


Ink+Metal+Paper: An Exhibit of Letterpress Work
February 2016
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
from noon-6:00pm
Opening reception on First Friday, February 5 from 5:00-8:00pm
23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Ave., Portland, OR

The exhibit highlights the viability and value of using metal type, even in this digital age, and will showcase new work that thrives within the constraints of its physical materials and hand-crafted process, celebrating this print medium and the creativity of its practitioners.


2015 Events

LA Printers Fair
Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 10:00am-4:00pm
International Printing Museum, 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson, CA

The Printers Fair showcases the art of letterpress printing and touts the “Largest Letterpress Swap Meet in the West.” Vendors items include book arts, letterpress printing, paper, printmaking, handmade announcements and invitations, posters, limited edition books and more. There will also be letterpress supplies, wood and metal type, ink and presses including Windmills, platens and rare Vandercooks. Printing demonstrations and tours for visitors will be available throughout the day in the Museum’s galleries.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years.


Seattle Wayzgoose
Saturday, September 19th from 10:00am-4:00pm
School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Ave., Seattle, WA

Stop by the SVC on Sept. 19th to print your own poster on the school’s letterpress equipment, and to visit the marketplace. It’s your chance to pick up letterpress printed ephemera & related supplies from many fabulous northwest vendors.


2014 Events

Alix Christie: Reading and Discussion of Gutenberg’s Apprentice
September 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry and HarperCollins Publishers co-sponsor a reading and discussion with Alix Christie, printer and author of Gutenberg’s Apprentice, at the Museum of Metal Typography. Books for sale from Annie Bloom’s Booksellers.

About the book:
With her sweeping debut novel Gutenberg’s Apprentice, journalist Alix Christie plunges readers into the world of a 560-year-old technological revolution. Christie tells the story of the invention of printing in medieval Germany as a narrative of human drama and achievement that, for the first time, brings Gutenberg’s unsung partners to the fore. Long before Zuckerberg, there was Gutenberg: an inventor and serial entrepreneur who seduced a venture capitalist and a scribe to engineer a “media revolution” in the medieval equivalent of his garage.

About the author:
Alix Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an author, journalist and letterpress printer. She learned the craft of letterpress printing as an apprentice to two master California printers, including her grandfather, Lester Lloyd, foreman of the last surviving hot type foundry in San Francisco, and James & Carolyn Robertson of the Yolla Bolly Press. She owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress. Christie earned her MFA from St Mary’s College, where she studied under Michael Chabon and Susan Straight. She currently lives in London, where she reviews books and arts for The Economist.  For more on Alix Christie and the world of the book, visit: www.GutenbergsApprentice.com


Portland Design Week – Special C.C. Stern Type Foundry Open Hours
October 11, 2014 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Museum of Metal Typography will be open to the public from 11:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday, October 11. Come for a tour and see working hot metal type casters, print a keepsake, and purchase metal type ornaments or letterpress printed ephemera.


Printdustrial – Special Open Hours
May 17th, 2014 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for our public open hours on Saturday, May 17th from 11:00am to 3:00pm as part of the Printdustrial Weekend. Though located in the Northeast, this glimpse into a bygone industry is worth the trip!

Printdustrial is an annual celebration of Craft Publishing and Printing in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) in SE Portland. This includes letterpress printers, book binders, small edition publishers, and other resources. Printdustrial is a prime opportunity to educate the public about craft publishing and printing, get business publicity, and strengthen the community of craft printers and publishers in the Industrial District.


2013 Events

Annual Open House at the Museum of Metal Typography
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
1:00 am-5:00pm

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working Museum of Metal Typography will be open to the public for extended hours—11:00 to 5:00—on Saturday, November 16.

Two of the museum’s casting machines will be making metal type, and visitors will be invited to print a keepsake sample on the hand-operated printing press. Volunteers will also be demonstrating the use of a hand mold for casting single pieces of type in the oldest tradition of printing.

No matter whether you’re just curious about letterpress printing or you’re a veteran of “the black art,” you will find the museum’s working casters fascinating, as they produce type in hot metal, ready for printing. As soon as it cools, of course.

Come and spend an hour or the whole afternoon. Suggested donation is $5.00.


Curiosity Club Presentation
November 12th, 2013  at 6:00pm
Hand-Eye Supply, 23 NW 4th Ave., Portland, OR

Metal Type: How it’s Made & Why it Matters
We are in the midst of a resurgence of letterpress printing. While many printers are using photopolymer plates, there is a devoted group who still use “real” type. But even those printers rarely understand where that type comes from. At C.C. Stern we’re keeping a collection of the machines that make type up and running. Our presentation will talk about those machines and why we feel it’s important to preserve this legacy. Plus, we’ll actually demonstrate hand casting type using a reproduction mould and matrix.

About the Curiosity Club
Ex Curiositas, Scientia. We pledge to learn with out prejudice in pursuit of our mutual goal; perpetual noviceship. We admit that it is impossible to know everything about anything and thus we remain perpetually curious and perpetually novice.
Established in October 2010, the Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is a series featuring an eclectic group of speakers across a broad range of subjects around our shared interests in the areas of culture, design, science, technology, art, fabrication, design techniques and lost common knowledge.


Portland Letterpress Fair
Saturday October 12th, 2013 from 12-7pm
at Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, Portland, OR

Come visit us at the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s fantastic building on Saturday, October 12th. We’ll be there, along with many printers, binders, educators and hobbyists with an appreciation for letterpress printing in our community. The Letterpress Fair will be held from 12-7pm.


Seattle Wayzgoose
Saturday, September 7th from 1:00-6:00pm
School of Visual Concepts, 500 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA

Stop by the SVC on Sept. 7th to witness the steamroller print competition, print your own poster on the school’s letterpress equipment, and to visit the marketplace. It’s your chance to pick up letterpress printed ephemera & related supplies from many fabulous northwest vendors.


TypeCon-Special Hot Metal Open House
Sunday August 25th, 2013
1:00-5:00 pm

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry will be holding a special open house for TypeCon participants. We will have hot metal type casting machines up and running and providing explanations and information on our collection of hot metal machinery and matrices.

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s Museum of Metal Typography is a working museum–with a focus on “working.” We operate one of the only type foundries between San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C. Our capability to make metal type and decorative print elements, and to share that craft with the community, fills a growing need within the Pacific Northwest’s vital network of designers, letterpress printers and book artists.

The Museum has a suggested admission of $5 per person.


TypeCon Presentation
Friday August 23rd, 2013
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon

Why Metal Typography Matters in the 21st Century
It is 2013 and the maker movement continues to thrive. For makers and their communities and consumers, the appeal of letterpress printing — slow, tactile, personal — is clear. When done at human speed and human scale, type design and use can seem more real. Still, apart from debates over punching or kissing, most letterpress designers and printers interaction with type happens primarily at the two dimensional surface of the screen. This is one of the reasons the process of casting and using metal type — of making type in three dimensions — has much to offer the typographic aficionado.


Type Talk: Inge Bruggeman
July 20, 2013 at 2:00pm

Please join us for an informal gathering and presentation at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry on July 20th at 2pm. Inge Bruggeman of INK-A! Press will bring examples and talk about her book and print work, with a focus on design process and typography.
This follows our monthly open museum hours, so come a bit early and see the casting machines in action!

About the presenter:
Inge Bruggeman is recently back from giving a lecture as part of the closing events for an exhibition of artists’ books in Chartres, France. She also visited the Imprimerie Nationale’s Atelier du Livre d’Artiste where she saw the collection of punches from the 16th-19th centuries and toured the type foundry and printshop. She has returned to her life and work in Portland, Oregon where she is a faculty member at the Oregon College of Art & Craft. Inge publishes limited edition, fine press artist’s books under her imprint INK-A! Press and also makes a variety of text based artwork from wall pieces to installations. This work investigates the shifting roles of the book, print media, and text in our world today. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and went on to be artist-in-residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for 2 years and then Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara for 4 years before moving to Portland. Inge regularly teaches workshops and gives lectures across the country and internationally, and has taught at several other institutions such as the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She also recently completed a residency in Marseille, France. Her work is shown and collected internationally. Although recently put to rest, Inge was sole proprietor of Textura, a letterpress printing and book arts studio for over 10 years where she had the great fortune of collaborating with many talented artists, designers, and letterpress enthusiasts to envision their ideas in print and book form.


2012 Events

Portland Letterpress Fair
Saturday October 13, 2012  from 12-7pm
ADX, 417 SE 11th, Portland, OR

Join us in a celebration of letterpress printing! This event features many vendors selling their printed ephemera, letterpress equipment & supplies for sale, and printing demos throughout the building.


Seattle Wayzgoose
Saturday August 25, 2012 from 1:00-6:00pm
School of Visual Concepts, 500 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA

Stop by the SVC to witness the popular steamroller print competition, print your own poster on the school’s letterpress equipment, and to visit the marketplace. It’s your chance to pick up letterpress printed ephemera & related supplies from many fabulous northwest vendors.


Portland, Oregon Premier of Linotype: The Film
Thursday August 16, 2012
6pm doors, Meet & Greet
7:00pm Screening followed by Q&A
McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR

Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

Join us for a reception in the Library with Linotype operators and printers at 6pm, screening to follow at 7:30pm. Dinner & drinks are available for purchase. The filmmaker will be in attendance, and time will be be available for Q&A after the screening.

This screening is organized by the C. C. Stern Type Foundry in conjunction with the American Typecasting Fellowship Conference, and is funded in part by Regional Arts & Culture Council.

6pm Doors Open, Reception in Library Room
7:30pm Screening, followed by Q&A
$10 admission


American Typecasting Fellowship Conference
August 15th-20th, 2012
Hosted by the C.C. Stern Type Foundry
Red Lion on the River, Portland, OR

Since 1978, The American Typecasting Fellowship Conference is a biennial meeting of enthusiasts, amateur and professional, interested in all aspects of the making of metal type used for letterpress printing. This group is central to what is becoming a renaissance of typefounding in America.

We look forward to welcoming registrants to The C.C. Stern Type Foundry, and to the city of Portland, Oregon in August. The main conference programming, swap meet, auction, and banquet will take place at the Red Lion on the River, a hotel located on the scenic Columbia River. Evening social events will be hosted at the Foundry, and a free shuttle service from the hotel will be provided. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and the downtown-bound light rail, so attendees do not have to rent a car if you wish to take advantage of Portland’s fantastic public transportation options. All information is kept up to date at www.atf-hotmetal.com



Type Talk: Joseph Green of Peasandcues Press
Saturday July 21st, 2012  at 2:00pm

Joseph Green, award-winning poet and printer (and C.C. Stern Type Foundry board member) will talk about why he chooses metal typography, his experiences of printing poetry, and what it’s like to collaborate to create the fine broadsides he produces with his wife, Marquita Green, at Peasandcues Press. Joe will be showing examples of his work as part of the 30 minute presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A session. You can read a poem from Joe’s most recent collection of poetry, That Thread Still Connecting Us, at MoonPath Press.