Every once in a while I dabble in bookmaking. I used to make my own journals all though college, just little ones that tucked just so in your pocket and weren’t too daunting to fill. I still have them all, they full of thoughts, memory verses, sketches, ideas, remnants of daily life. Most of them are stained in some area with coffee and I keep them together in a burlap sack. I still like making small journals, lately I have been trying to take my craft to a new level.
Before Christmas I posted about a trip to Hollanders here, I would love to take one of their many classes in bookbinding or printmaking. Last time I was there I bought new text blocks to make journals but hadn’t done anything with them. So it dawned on me to combine book-making with my passion for clay – Here are my first round of ceramic book covers I made just before Christmas. I was so excited to see how they turned out, if they warped in the kiln and their shrinkage rate.
A few months later I finally have completed my concept idea. They indeed shrunk quite a bit more that expected so I had to make my own signatures (papers inside) for them. I used leather for the back cover for durability, cutting, tooling and staining them. They are bound with a Coptic stitch binding, created with wax linen thread, sewn with a curved needle. Thanks mom for the new bookbinding book for my birthday, it has already come in handy. I love the variety in materials and the overall texture and rich feel. I am so thankful to have the ability and control to choose materials for every step of this process.
To complete these books I figured I used these FIVE artisan skills:
- ceramics (for the top cover)
- painting ( color selections/ glazing)
- paper crafting (to make the inside signatures)
- leather working (for the back cover)
- sewing (for the hand-bound edges)
I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do. I don’t know if these two will make it into the etsy shop, I think I am quite attached to them. I will definitely make more…
** now availabe in my etsy shop, click on the link for more designs and colors!