Pope Press Olympia is a Letterpress and Book Arts studio in Olympia, Washington.
We currently offer classes and workshops with local artists, press rentals and open studio hours.
Come and learn how to print with us!
Founder | Teacher
Hukee became a collective member of Community Print, Olympia's 1st community letterpress studio in 2009. For five years she volunteered her time to taught all of the proficiencies, getting community members familiar and efficient on their Vandercook #14 proofing press. She loves the tactile nature of printing, the way ones body becomes a part of the printing process, and the joy that people experience when they pull their first print off of the press. Hukee began spending her Saturdays with Dr. Elspeth Pope in her home letterpress studio in the Winter of 2013. Together they whipped Elspeth's studio into shape and printed several jobs on her Vandercook sp15. Elpseth's vision for her studio was to have folks come learn letterpress printing on her press; she loved it when her press was in use - the smell of the inks, the sound of the press turning and the enthusiasm of new printers. After Elspeth died on May 18th, 2013, Hukee offered to purchase Elspeth's equipment from her stepsons in order to see Elspeth's vision come to fruition. Pope Press Olympia was founded by Hukee in March of 2014, in order to both honor her mentor, and to continue making letterpress accessible to those that want to learn.
TeacherJudith Baumann is an artist, adventurer and an academic. She holds an MFA in Printmedia from Virginia Commonwealth University and loves all things made with ink and paper. She currently teaches printmaking and drawing at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
Catherine Alice Michaelis
TeacherCatherine Alice Michaelis first learned letterpress at Laughing Dog Press on Vashon Island, WA beginning in 1990. Finding her passion, she became the proprietor of May Day Press in 1992. She prints on a 1940s Vandercook 4, and a Chandler & Price from 1890. She lives in Shelton and spends her time art making, writing, and hiking. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College, where she studied creative non-fiction and media arts. Catherine has taught book making, letterpress, printmaking, and origami in workshops around the PNW, as well as at Naropa’s Summer Writing Program.
In the winter of 2013, I met and started volunteering for Dr. Elspeth Pope. She was a retired professor of Library Science. She had started a women’s artist residency, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, on her property on Hammersley inlet in Shelton, Washington. Elspeth was a long time hobby printer, with a printing press in her basement. She quickly became a dear friend and mentor to me. Elspeth’s vision was for people to come learn letterpress and print on her equipment. She passed on May 18th of 2013 and i wish to carry out her dream. By opening Pope Press, we are able to honor Elspeth’s vision and expand on it by offering print residencies to writers and letterpress enthusiasts, as well as classes and workshops.
Pope Press offers a space for artists, writers, letterpress enthusiasts, anyone interested in expanding their creative outlets, or those wanting to satisfy their letterpress curiosity to come and explore the art of letterpress and bookmaking. We offer classes in how to operate the presses; explore and experiment with pressure printing; business and calling card design and printing; linoleum block carving; printing limited edition artist books; teaching different techniques in bookbinding; and more. We also offer print residencies at various times during the year.